The Evolution of London: 2,000 Years of Change Animated in 7 Minutes

Give “The Lon­don Evo­lu­tion Ani­ma­tion” sev­en min­utes, and it will show you the his­tor­i­cal devel­op­ment of Lon­don over the course of 2,000 years. The ani­ma­tion moves from the Roman port city of Lon­dini­um (cir­ca 50 AD) through the Anglo-Sax­on, Tudor, Stu­art, Ear­ly Geor­gian, Late Geor­gian, Ear­ly Vic­to­ri­an and Late Vic­to­ri­an peri­ods. It then brings you through the Ear­ly 20th Cen­tu­ry and into Post­war Lon­don. Devel­oped by The Bartlett Cen­tre for Advanced Spa­tial Analy­sis, the ani­ma­tion was made with his­tor­i­cal data about Lon­don’s road net­works and build­ings. The video recent­ly appeared at the “Almost Lost” Exhi­bi­tion in Lon­don, an exhi­bi­tion that con­tem­plat­ed how dig­i­tal maps can help us rethink the past, present and future of great cities.

If you find it dif­fi­cult to read the text in the ani­ma­tion, you can view the video in a larg­er for­mat here.

And in case you’re won­der­ing, the enlarg­ing yel­low dots show “the posi­tion and num­ber of statu­to­ri­ly pro­tect­ed build­ings and struc­tures built dur­ing each peri­od.” More infor­ma­tion on the ani­ma­tion can be found here.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

Prize-Win­ning Ani­ma­tion Lets You Fly Through 17th Cen­tu­ry Lon­don

The Curi­ous Sto­ry of London’s First Cof­fee­hous­es (1650–1675)

Syn­chro­nized, Time­lapse Video Shows Train Trav­el­ing from Lon­don to Brighton in 1953, 1983 & 2013

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