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.
We’ve been contributing to OpenPlaques for a few years – but couldn’t find anything for benches.
— Terence Eden is on Mastodon (@edent) July 5, 2016
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 when we started this project they didn’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.
My FOI for details of Memorial Benches has come to naught 😢https://t.co/IsenNV3lh3
— Terence Eden is on Mastodon (@edent) August 8, 2016
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
- If you are an individual, take a photo of a bench with your phone and upload it to our site.
- If you are a council – publish some open data about your benches!
- If you are a coder or designer – help us out at github.com/openbenches/openbenches.org/