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The development of the Great Britain Historical GIS, and of this web site which accesses it, has been supported by many different organisations.

The original web site, and major extensions to GBH GIS contents, were funded by the Big Lottery Fund, but more recent enhancements to the web site have been funded mainly by the Joint Information Systems Committee; grants from the Frederick Soddy Trust have also been vital in sustaining the project team.

JISC funded early development work on our web-based mapping tools, under JTAP project JTAP 1/320, 'Authoring methods for electronic atlases of change and the past', and contributed to boundary mapping and data entry. In 2007-9 the JISC also funded a complete redesign of this web site and the addition of election material as the 'Historic Boundaries of Britain' project. Two smaller JISC projects have funded recent improvements to the site: 'Embedding A Vision of Britain through Time as a resource for academic research and learning' in 2010-11 and, more peripherally, 'Old Maps Online: Finding and referencing historical mapping as a platform for research and teaching' in 2011-13.

The GIS originated as the Labour Markets Database (LMDB), funded by the Leverhulme Trust in 1989-91. The Leverhulme Trust also helped fund mapping of parish boundaries, and work on 1881 census data.

The construction of the historic boundary GIS, and much of our statistical database, was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, under grants R000 221314, R 000 221703, R 000 237506, R000 237757, L128251051 and R 000 271086. ESRC grants to other reseachers have also made a large contribution to this system: to Danny Dorling, for construction of the LCT system (H507255151) which provided our data for 1971 to 1991; to Roger Kain, for the mapping of 'ancient' parishes which enabled us to redistrict all census data for 1851 and before (R 000 222312); to Kevin Schürer and Matthew Woollard, for work on the 1881 census which provides this site with rich occupational data for that year (L212252004); and to Robert Woods, for the computerisation of the Registrar-General's Decennial Supplements 1851-1900 (R000234824), which contribute around 2.5m of our data values.

The Wellcome Trust funded the addition of mortality data to our statistical database, and contributed to the boundary GIS construction work.

Additional financial assistance was provided by:

Deepest thanks to all these organisations for making this project possible.

Humphrey Southall

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