Mapping the Blitz

A new web mapping project called The Bomb Sight is mapping the London WW2 bomb census.

The project aims to bring the blitz alive to the public, allowing users to explore where the bombs fell and to discover memories and photographs from the period.

The web mapping service allows PC, Mac and tablet users to explore different bomb site areas, providing contextualizing images and statistics, as well as reviewing Londoners’ memories of the Blitz.


The map allows people to explore different bomb site areas in London. Image:

Developers have also launched an Android mobile app which uses Augmented Reality technology to reveal bomb locations projected into the contemporary urban landscape.

This app uses the GPS within your phone to locate what street you’re on and return information about the bomb locations that fell within 300m of where you are.


The mobile app shows the bomb locations within a 300m range. Image:

Bomb Sight is a collaboration between the University of Portsmouth’s Stepping Into Time Project and The National Archives.

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