Residents and visitors to Bromsgrove now have history at their fingertips thanks to a new interactive map.

The map is available on the Better Bromsgrove website and provides a fun, interactive way to look up the history of the High Street and surrounding areas.

The historical map, which was originally from an 1880’s Ordnance Survey, has been digitised and key buildings highlighted. When the highlighted area is clicked on it brings up details of the buildings as they are now and as they once were. There are also some oral history clips available to complement the map.

Cllr Rita Dent, whose portfolio covers the High Street, said: “I think this is a fantastic way of showing off the history of our town centre and now anyone can access it whether they’re at home on a computer or actually walking down the High Street. It will really help bring history to life.”

Derek Hurst, Project Manager with Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, said: “Lots of hard work has gone in to making the map and a number of THI partners have had input to make sure it’s as accurate as possible. We think it is a brilliant tool and could be useful for schools, historians or anyone generally interested in finding out a bit more about the history of the town.”

The map was created as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), a partnership between Bromsgrove District Council and Worcestershire County Council, as well as representatives from Avoncroft Museum, the Victorian Society, the Bromsgrove Society, Artrix, Bromsgrove Library, the Housman Society and Bromsgrove School.

This heritage work is supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The map can be viewed here.

The Oral history of ‘Bromsgrove – People and Places’ can be found here on Facebook.