Tower of London launches 1000 year old Facebook timeline

Tower of London launches 1000 year old Facebook timeline

Beefeater inspects Tower of London's 1,000 year Facebook timeline on iPad

1 Sep 2012


London’s most historic landmark, the Tower of London, is set to launch a millennium of monumental dates for social media users to explore, in what is believed to be the oldest historic timeline on Facebook. 

View the page at www.facebook.com/toweroflondon

 

 

 

Encompassing almost 1,000 years of history, the Tower's timeline will be back-dated to 1066 when London’s premier fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site was established by William the Conqueror.  Populated with infamous events, it will include: the execution of Anne Boleyn (1538); the torture of Guy Fawkes (1605); the murder of the two Princes in the Tower (1483) and the Great Fire of London (1666) - along with stories of iconic Beefeaters, legendary ravens and even some less bloody tales too!

Facebook launched the new timeline feature in September 2011, enabling users to post date up to 1,000 years, and making it possible for the Tower to chart its rich history up to the modern day.

Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for the Tower of London, has a dedicated Digital Media team whose role it is to engage with new audiences through social media such as Facebook.  These interactions, made possible via these new platforms, enable the charity to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

Tim Powell, Digital Media Manager for Historic Royal Palaces, said:

“It's an incredibly powerful way for modern audiences to engage with the Tower's rich history, in the same way they interact with their friends and record their own lives. We just wonder if Henry VIII and the Tower’s other infamous characters would have minded having their pasts scrutinised by the Facebook generation!”

The page can be viewed at www.facebook.com/toweroflondon

Notes to editors

For further information, please contact Cat Steventon in the Historic Royal Palaces press office on 020 3166 6302 or email catherine.steventon@hrp.org.uk 

General images of the Tower of London can be accessed via our press image library http://hrp.newsteam.co.uk/tower-of-london/

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors. These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk

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