About the World Historical Gazetteer

Our Vision

Empowering discovery by connecting place names across time and language

Project Mission

The mission of the World Historical Gazetteer is to build a platform for open linked historical place data in order to foster deeper understanding of place history and to improve discovery of places that have had many names over time. The WHG place index is accessible through tools and services that permit users to search and browse information about places, augment and contribute their own place records, assemble and publish information about places, and use information about places in teaching and communication.

The World Historical Gazetteer

Development of the WHG platform is always ongoing. New content is added continually, from contributions of users and by WHG staff. Please get in touch to discuss prospective data contributions, and with feedback about any aspect of the project.

This beta Version 3 of the WHG was released in June 2024. Our Version 1 beta launched in October, 2019. For an overview of what is here, what you can do, and what is in the works, please see the project documentation page