Historvius is a community-based historic destinations directory run by history enthusiasts who are passionate about the web. The site grew from a desire to make historic sites more accessible to those planning a trip. We have designed Historvius to give a smooth and simple user experience that will allow people to find historic sites near their chosen holiday destination, or to assist them with planning a bespoke tour based around the particular period of history they love.
The Big, the Small, and Everything In-Between
Everyone knows that if you go to Rome you can visit The Colosseum, it’s hard to miss. But how many know that Ostia Antica, just a short journey from Rome by train, contains the stunning ruins of the Eternal City’s ancient port? Or that Hadrian’s Villa is just outside town? Here at Historvius we’re trying to restore the balance by showing users the most well-known historic sites alongside the incredible historic locations that have found themselves falling by the wayside. We want to show our users everything we can and let them decide which sites are worth a visit and which can wait for another day.
By providing an easy to access map-based directory of historic sites and destinations, we hope to make it simple, easy and quick to locate historic sites around the world and plan a trip to see them. We aim to eliminate the need to jump from one website to another in order to discover historic sites and find out whether they are near to a particular town, city or holiday resort.
All the Key Information on a Single Website
Historvius aims to provide users with all the key information they need in one place. Therefore we not only provide a map-location and summary of each site, but also the relevant contact details, directions and entry information. Historvius gives people everything they need to plan their visits to historic sites under one roof, eliminating the need to visit twenty different websites in order to actively plan a trip.
An Online Community
As a community-based site, we allow any user to submit a site to our directory. So whether a site is a well known national treasure or an oft-forgotten hidden gem, they all have a place on Historvius. Users can browse and comment on all our sites, upload their photos and flag up any additional information which they feel may help other people when visiting that site.
Whether for the general holiday maker, who wants to find interesting places to visit near their chosen resort, the casual traveller, who is planning on the fly, or the history enthusiast passionate about a single time period or historic figure, we hope Historvius can help them all. Our flexible search function allows people to search our database of historic sites by exploring the map, selecting a town or holiday resort, choosing an historic period or selecting a particular figure from history. And of course users can easily filter search results to further drill-down to their exact requirements.
Mike is a passionate historian and digital devotee who loves exploring the world’s forgotten historic sites. Coming from a background in journalism and editorial content, Mike founded Historvius to help people discover incredible places and easily share their remarkable discoveries with the world. An avid fan of ancient history, Mike’s favourite historical sites are Rome’s forgotten port city of Ostia Antica and the extraordinarily ethereal ruins of Carthage.
Dan is an historian, broadcaster and television presenter and the world's most followed historian on social media. Dan’s acclaimed podcast series History Hit has been number one on iTunes across the globe. Born and raised in London, Dan spent every weekend of his childhood being taken to castles, battlefields, country houses and churches. He developed a great love of history which he went on to pursue at Oxford University. Among his television credits are a number of award winning military history and documentary programmes while he has a regular history slot on the BBC’s flagship One Show. A lover of exploration, Dan has visited over 75 countries hunting for the world's best historical sites.
Simon spent 12 years at Guinness World Records as a researcher, writer and editor of the main book. After moving into TV he travelled the world in search of the weird and wonderful while also writing for some of the world’s leading media organisations. Simon now heads up the editorial team and oversees all editorial content at Historvius.
Dr Maria Thomas
Maria is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Exeter having completed her PhD at Royal Holloway University of London. She has also studied at the London School of Economics and at Cardiff University. Her historical interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century Spanish, European and Latin American history, anticlericalism and iconoclasm, political mobilisation, women’s history and social movements. Her first book, ‘The Faith and the Fury’ was published in 2016 by Sussex Academic Press. Maria is one of the most prominent contributors to the site, sharing her love of historical places she has explored around the world.
Jemimah is an experienced journalist, writer and editor with a passion for history. She holds a BA in Modern History from Bristol University and an MA from SOAS in Chinese Studies, where she focused on 20th century China. On top of jobs at the History Channel and Chinese daily newspaper Global Times, she has previously contributed to CNN, Huffington Post, Time Out and Index on Censorship. Her first book - Little Emperors and Material Girls: Sex and Youth in Modern China - was published by I.B. Tauris in February 2015 to glowing reviews.
Nick is a digital designer and entrepreneur who leads the technical delivery at Historvius. Growing up with a passion for technology, Nick was building websites and digital products while still in school and went on to work for a number of high profile organisations before taking the reins at Historvius.
Following a long and successful career in retail including being MD of Currys Ltd, Chief Operating Officer of Dixons Stores Group worldwide, and MD of Waterstones Booksellers, David now devotes all of his time to the Creative Industries and the Arts. He is Chair of Creative United, an Arts Council backed company which delivers innovative finance for Creative Businesses. He is also Chair of the Writers Centre Norwich and Digventures archaeology. He is also Trustee of the Big Draw and is a Director of the Whitechapel Gallery. David is Board Advisor to iconic jewellery brand Tatty Devine. David’s other previous roles include being Chair of Culturelabel, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Contemporary Art Society and Chair of Marketing Agency Freestate. David holds an MA in Comparative Literature and is an alumnus of UEA.
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We’re always open to new ideas, so if you’re interested in exploring partnership opportunities with Historvius, feel free to drop us an e-mail. If you're responsible for an historic site or heritage institution and wish to get listed on Historvius, please see our outreach page.