ChROnoScOpE WOrLd

mprove design 2018 - 2020

A map says to you, 'Read me carefully, follow me closely, doubt me not.'
It says, 'I am the earth in the palm of your hand.
Without me, you are alone and lost.'
– Beryl Markham, West with the Night /via

Deutsche Fassung

Chronoscope World is a time machine to explore the history of the world, browsing maps from the 13th until the 20th century. More than 1,800 high-resolution maps can be displayed in a maps application on the correct geographic location.
The context menu of the ChronoCursor offers a search function to find the best fitting maps for the current view. Results are presented as previews on a map table:


All outlines can be displayed at once for a fast overview:


ChronoAtlas is a web portal to access the meta data for all historical maps. You can search and filter for any kind of information.

More detailed (but German) info is available at the Time Traveler’s User Manual.

About Chronoscope World

Chronoscope World is based on Chronoscope Hamburg by broadening the perspective to the entire planet and by incorporting the historical maps of the Leibniz Institut für Länderkunde IfL. Most of the maps have been created by German cartographers, hence quite often the language is German ans well.

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or facebook: ChronoscopeHamburg
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