This graphic novel tells the story of how the First World War War transformed one young man's life. Based on the memoir, ‘Civilian Soldier’ by George Harbottle, it documents George’s life in Newcastle and his subsequent training for deployment to the Western Front.
We use a range of visualisation techniques to inspire people and help them see historic places and sites in new ways.
- Story telling: First World War case study
- Reconstruction art
- Technical reconstruction
- Archaeological illustration
- Analytical site drawing
- Analytical site survey and illustration
- GIS and cartography
Story telling case study: Commemorating the First World War
One hundred years ago, the Great War finally came to an end. Unprecedented numbers of young men were sent to fight, never to return. Families across the globe lost fathers and sons, brothers and uncles. For the young men who went to fight, everyday life was put on hold. A lucky few were able to return to the lives they left behind.
The graphic novel below telling the story of one young man's experience has been carefully researched and illustrated by Judith Dobie, a reconstruction artist at Historic England.
The Great War did not occur only overseas. One of the early acts of aggression against the United Kingdom was the naval bombardment of Scarborough. The following video documents the morning of the bombardment, with illustrations by John Vallender of Historic England.
GIS and cartography
Heritage data is in essence spread spatially, using GIS can deliver both on a traditional such as the Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall walking maps as well as providing access through digital platforms to spatial data such as the Stonehenge Landscape Survey.
In collaboration with our Heritage Crime team we have been developing arresting graphics to support an ELearning package for Police Officers about tackling heritage crime on war memorials.
Examples of Visualisation Approaches Image Gallery
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This guidance describes a method of recording historic buildings for the purpose of historical understanding using analytical site drawing and measuring by hand.Learn more
This publication offers guidance on digital image capture and storage to assist those involved with the making and keeping of images of the historic environment.Learn more
Paul Backhouse is the Head of Imaging at Historic England and oversees graphics, design, photography, cinematography, digital publication and Geospatial survey.