The new site, which has been funded by English Heritage and is unique to Bristol, will allow people to explore the city and their neighbourhoods as well as add images and information of their own.
The website includes George Ashmead's city centre maps from 1828 as well as Tithe Maps dating from the mid-19th century, overlaid on the 2010 Ordnance Survey map at the click of a button. These maps are linked to modern charts and other historic information including images from the early 19th Century Braikenridge Collection illustrations held at the museum and art gallery.
Mr Insole showed a short film of children at St Michael's Primary School using the website to find out when their homes were built and what the area looked like before then. It also showed Steve Pearce from the Brislington Archaeological Project adding information about a piece of medieval pottery he had found on an allotment site.
He cooed as he was able to see the history of the site, upload a picture of his find and enhance the historical picture of his area.
Cabinet member for housing Anthony Negus told the audience: "We hope the Know Your Place website will become an essential tool to help individuals, communities, developers, design professionals and students to develop a deeper understanding of our city and how it has evolved over the centuries.
"Know Your Place is part of a wider initiative by the City Design team to promote good urban design throughout the city, not just in conservation areas.
"We want to co-operate with investors to ensure that development in Bristol takes account of the existing character of a particular area and reflects this in its design."
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