Screenshot of Bombsight.org

07 December 2012

A new interactive map of London, devised by The University of Portsmouth in collaboration with The National Archives, shows the location of every German bomb that landed in London over the course of eight months during the Blitz of the Second World War.

Online resource

The online resource, Bomb Sight, uses maps of the London Second World War bomb census taken between October 1940 and June 1941, the originals of which are available to view in the reading rooms at The National Archives.

The original Blitz maps were scanned and geo-referenced by The National Archives. The maps together with testimonials from the BBC's WW2 People's War and historical photographs from the Imperial War Museum have created an interactive education resource.

The website and map allow you to zoom into specific streets or boroughs, explore photographs and stories from those involved or affected by the war, and find out what type of bomb was dropped where.

Andrew Janes, Records specialist at The National Archives, said: 'Bomb Sight is a great online resource that has allowed people to see the scale and impact of the German bombs that fell on London during the eight months of the Blitz. The National Archives was delighted to work with Portsmouth University on this project to allow these incredible records to be more accessible and give people the opportunity to understand more about the history of their local area.'

The Blitz

During the Blitz thousands of civilians were killed and more than a million homes in London alone were destroyed.

Dr Kate Jones at the University of Portsmouth, said: 'When you look at these maps and see the proliferation of bombs dropped on the capital it does illustrate the meaning of the word Blitz, which comes from the German meaning lightning. It seems astonishing that London survived the onslaught. The Bomb Sight project demonstrates the clustering together of lots of different data using the power of geography.'

Visit the website at www.bombsight.org.