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Bedfordshire Local History Association – One-Day Workshop: GIS Applications in Local History

Saturday 20 April 2019 from 09:30 to 4:30 at Sharnbrook Village Hall, MK44 1JP

Participants will need to provide their own laptop


Aim: A hands-on introduction to using QGIS software to create and handle maps to analyse and display historical data.

Who should attend: Members of historical societies who conduct research and wish to display their research data in map format so they can analyse the data further and include maps in their reports. This workshop is limited in numbers to 10 places only.


  • No prior knowledge of GIS is necessary, but the participant should have a good level of experience of Windows and Office software.
  • The participant needs to bring an up-to-date laptop and have Administrator rights on that machine. The machine must have Excel or Open Office and Acrobat Reader.
  • The machine must have a free USB slot and a WIFI adaptor.
  • Instructions will be given to download and pre-install QGIS software.

Course content:

A mixture of demos and exercises – datasets will be provided:

Why use GIS? QGIS software, desktop interface and plugins; Sources of base maps and boundary data; Using HER datasets and filters; Adding an old map and LIDAR; Adding your own research data (text and images); Analysing datasets; Creating maps and interactive web maps; GIS data resources; Feedback and future work.

BLHA One-Day Workshop: GIS Applications in Local History - Booking Form 

BLHA Spring Event 2019   

For the booking form click on link below: BLHA Spring Event 2019 – Bedfordshire Police Museum  


BLHA 2019 AGM and Conference

Bedfordshire Local History Association AGM & Annual Conference 2019
Saturday 22nd June 2019
Hosted by Bedfordshire Gardens Trust
at the Learning Centre, Poplars Garden Centre, Toddington, LU5 6HE

BLHA AGM Conference 2019 Booking Form               BLHA AGM Conference 2019 Display Booking Form 

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