The census of 2011 generated a huge amount of data – around 1.5 billion pieces of information.
Work has already started on making sense of this through data visualisation, and these are starting to be used in secondary geography classrooms. By focusing on London, this resource provides a context which has national relevance, but is on a more manageable scale. It provides a framework for using census data and a range of visually stunning maps to support imaginative enquiry work, which will also extend students’ critical thinking as they explore the sprawling city of London.
Students will conclude by taking the role of future urbanists from the 23rd century, who are looking back at the London of the 21st century to uncover the factors which lead to its later fate. Students will explore possible, probable and preferable urban futures for the city.
The Londonmapper project is funded by the Trust for London and realised by Benjamin Hennig, Danny Dorling, Tina Gotthardt and John Pritchard at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford.
Map showing life expectancy in London 2005-2009
View our KS3 Mapping London unit, also written by Alan Parkinson.
View more educational resources based on Londonmapper.
Alan Parkinson worked for the Geographical Association as Secondary Curriculum Development Leader between 2008 and 2011, after teaching for over 20 years in Norfolk and Derbyshire. He developed the popular GeographyPages website in 2001, and received the Ordnance Survey Award for 'excellence in secondary geography teaching' from the RGS-IBG in 2008. He is currently a freelance author and geographer as well as a geography teacher.
Dr Benjamin Hennig is a geographer educated at the Universities of Cologne and Bonn and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Bremerhaven/Germany). He completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield as part of the Worldmapper project. In 2013 he joined the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford as a senior research fellow where he is also a member of the research cluster on Transformations: Economy, Society and Place. Benjamin researches social inequalities, humanity’s impact on Earth, global sustainability and new concepts for the visualisation of these issues.
This resource was awarded an Innovative Geography Teaching Grant from the RGS-IBG in 2014.