Streets of Bournemouth

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About SOB

"Streets are not just shops, lampposts, buildings or tarmac: they are places where we live, walk, meet, shop, die, drive - the very core of our town. The buildings along our streets are the source of all these activities. Some buildings stand out more than others - perhaps it's their shape, their historical associations or their importance to the community. Parts of the town and their streets reflect the styles favoured by individual architects or the decisions of planning committees.

Streets and their buildings tell us about the history of a town and its people, and yet we take very little notice of them and rarely consider the stories which they can tell.

Just for a moment, as you next walk along your street, look at the buildings, the roofs, the signposts, house and street names. Who built, lived, or worked here? When? How has it changed? How is the street used today?" Use the website to help you find answers to these questions and add your own information to help others find out more.

What you will find in the website

The Search buttons give access to 7,500 images and 14 themes that reflect Bournemouth's history. You can search by street, postcode, date, keyword and theme or a combination of these. The Advanced Search gives access to video, sound clips, images and texts which can be refined through the theme options. To bring up an exact keyword item that involves more than one word, place inverted commas around the group of words eg: "police station". This will only bring up material relating to police stations. If you do not add the inverted commas, all items relating to police or station will be displayed.

Themes describe the history of Bournemouth and are presented in downloadable pdf format under the following titles, including complementary documents as indicated below:

  • Bournemouth's Buildings (The Appendix provides the derivation of current Bournemouth street names (p.20)
  • Bournemouth's People
  • Commerce and Industry
  • Education/ Learning Resources (The Learning Resources section contains teaching material for Year 4 primary school learners (p. 30), including ideas, resources and samples. (p.50))
  • Health
  • History and Heritage (The Appendix contains the tithe apportionments for Holdenhurst (p.15), Kinson (p.35) and the Christchurch Tithings of Pokesdown and Iford and Tuckton and Wick. (p.73))
  • Leisure
  • Politics and Local Government (includes a listing of all the town's Mayors (p.8))
  • Rich and Poor
  • Society and Culture
  • The Town's Communities
  • Tourism and the Town
  • Transport
  • War and Defence

The Map Comparison facility allows you to select historical maps and compare them against a modern Ordnance Survey (OS) map of Bournemouth to show how the town has changed:

  • tithe maps for Kinson, Christchurch and Holdenhurst
  • 1870 1:500 Ordnance Survey maps of central Bournemouth
  • 1st Edition OS maps 1870-1914
  • 2nd Edition OS maps 1924-1932
  • 3rd Edition OS maps 1933
  • aerial photographs 1947 and 1997

Other maps are available within the website database. You can access them through the Search facility by entering "maps" in Keywords and filter by date or postcode. To bring up an exact keyword item that involves more than one word, place inverted commas around the group of words eg: "police station". This will only bring up material relating to police stations. If you do not add the inverted commas, all items relating to police or station will be displayed.

The Media Map Player shows the availability of video, sound clips, text and images relating to the area indicated on the map. Navigate the map by using the arrows on the top left hand side of the map. It will reveal content markers in various areas. The marker flags only correspond to those search results that are listed on the page at the time. They do not display all the database images that are in that particular location. The Advanced Search also gives access to the media and can be filtered by theme.

The Timeline is designed as a taster for the images available. It is arranged in decades with a maximum of six items being displayed under each year in the decade. Click on the required decade and select images indicated by the white circle. The search can be filtered by using the theme buttons. If no results are given for the selected theme and decade then it means that no images match the search.

The Day Collection is a collection of 170 glass negatives, conserved and digitised as part of the project and now made available to all via the website. Other glass negatives were also conserved and added to the website database as part of the 7,500 general collection.

My SOB is the community archive where you can add your own stories and photographs of Bournemouth. You can do this from home on your own PC or at your local library where there are dedicated Streets of Bournemouth computers and scanners. Library staff are available to help you to upload your material. You will see that there are certain conditions, e.g. copyright, which have to be observed in order for your material to be accepted.