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Turn back time on the high street
Northgate Street, Chester
Northgate Street, Chester 1908 compared with the how it is in 2010

The high street is going back in time this autumn as part of a Hands on History project and BBC One series.

Turn Back Time: the High Street will take five shopkeepers and their families back to the 1870s when the high street was born.

You can also get involved by uploading your old and new photos of the high street to the BBC's Flickr group.

You can also help to create a photographic 'Now and Then' archive of photos of the high street.

Turn back time

To compare how things have changed and you can create 'Now and Then' images as follows:-

  • photograph your new picture of the high street alongside an old picture to show how it's changed
  • take an old photo back to the place it was taken on the high street and match it up against the scene today
  • merge the old picture with the new one on your computer

Once you have decided how you would like to show them, add them to our Flickr: BBC Turn Back Time group.

The group will also provide a few tips and ideas on how to take the best pictures.

You can also download a special guide to researching the history of your high street at BBC Hands On History .

BBC Learning campaign executive Nina Bell said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to bring history alive and give everyone a chance to celebrate their high street."

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