The My Brighton and Hove website was designed by CommunitySites. The company was established in 2005 in order to make the successful model of My Brighton and Hove available in other parts of the country.
A company that grew out of My Brighton and Hove
Soon after My Brighton and Hove was re-launched in September 2006, other archives and museums began using CommunitySites software – including Watford Museum and the National Council of Archives. Since then, dozens of local history groups as well as national museums, county councils, archives, libraries, Waitrose, and the National Trust, have chosen to use CommunitySites websites, which now run on open-source software and are specially tailored to community heritage.
The sites have won prestigious awards, including Best Community Site and Best Small Museum Site in the international Museums and the Web, 2008 competition and numerous national awards in the UK.
The two original founders of the company, Jack Latimer and Ian Grant, are both multimedia professionals, who now work alongside a team of freelance graphic designers, programmers and trainers. Jack Latimer is a founder committee member of the Community Archives and Heritage Group and frequently speaks at conferences on topics related to community heritage.