Putting district's unique features on map

April 26 2014

LOCALS will have the opportunity to take part in a project which aims to protect and enhance Bishopston's heritage.

LOCALS will have the opportunity to take part in a project which aims to protect and enhance Bishopston's heritage.
The 'Our Place' survey, organised by the Bishopston Society, involves volunteers exploring their neighbourhood and plotting important landmarks and features on a map using basic symbols.
The project will be led by Pete Insole, the chief archaeology officer at Bristol City Council, and the creator and developer of the Bristol history interactive website, 'Know Your Place'.
The completed survey can be used to influence planning processes for new developments, ensuring it responds to the area's context.
Pete has already successfully led similar 'Our Place' surveys in other Bristol neighbourhoods, including Westbury and Lockleaze.
Pete said: "The focus of the project is to identify what makes Bishopston recognisable and different. Through doing the survey, volunteers can notice things in their local environment which have never been spotted before."
'Our Place' was designed by the council's Bristol Historic Environment Record, and funded by English Heritage, to enable communities to identify and map the character of their local area.
At the end of each mapping event a document, defining the area's character, is produced.
The documents are then published on the Design Bristol website - a forum for anyone involved or interested in achieving quality place-making in Bristol.
The Bishopston Society is hoping that the appraisal of Gloucester Road will lead to the 'Our Place’ project expanding to other areas of Bishopston.
Pete will be running a morning session on May 7, starting from 10am at the Quakers' Meeting House on Gloucester Road, and finishing at 1pm. To help with the survey, contact Pete at: pete.insole@bristol.gov.uk.

Peter Insole talks about Our Project at Bishopston Society meeting