About

OpenBenches is designed and built by Terence and Elizabeth Eden.


There are blue plaques to commemorate the famous and influential figures of the past.
For everyone else, there are memorial benches.
A quiet reminder of the people gone but not forgotten.
A spot to rest your weary legs and give silent thanks to “Alice – who loved this park”.

OpenBenches.org is a site dedicated to those benches. Take a photo of a bench’s plaque and upload it to the site. It will automatically be added to the map.

Background

We’ve been contributing to OpenPlaques for a few years – but couldn’t find anything for benches.

The wonderful George Julian runs https://memorialbench.wordpress.com/ – but the location data isn’t open.

OpenStreetMap has a list of (nearly) every bench in the world – but they don’t record whether there is an inscription on it.

We tried to send a Freedom of Information request to Westminster Council for a list of their benches – but they don’t keep that information.

So now it is time to crowd-source the data! We’ve grabbed some Open Data from Bath – who provide a list of memorial benches and their locations.

How To Help

Thanks!

T&E

8 Replies to “About”

  1. Would be great if you could add a new picture to an existing bench. For example add a view if there’s only a long shot. Maybe even add extra views at different seasons or time of day.

    • +1 for this and I really like the idea of chronological list of views from a particular bench.
      I was originally thinking it would only be of interest to see the view from the bench change over time, but on reflection it would be good to see all of the images change with time.
      I think the default view on page load should be the most recent images, to help others who may be looking for it, locate the bench.

    • If it is an identical picture, it will be automatically rejected. At the moment, we don’t have duplicate detection for different people adding the same bench. Pull requests welcome!

    • Hi Stephen. We let people upload anonymously – you don’t need to register. You only need to do so if you want to edit/delete or have your name associated with a bench.
      Running a registration process is really hard – we don’t want to be responsible for storing your password or email address.
      If I get time, I might add some more registration providers (Facebook, GitHub, etc) but I don’t have the time or skill to make a registration process.
      If you do, and want to help, pop over to our GitHub page and you can suggest how we do it.
      Thanks for adding benches.
      T

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