A 10-year chronology of the project

This timeline describes how My Brighton and Hove evolved from a museum exhibit into a community heritage website. You can download the timeline as a Word document at the foot of the page.


  • Original My Brighton touch screen exhibit launched in local history gallery at Brighton Museum and ArtGallery.
  • Exhibit won a Gulbenkian museum award.
  • Prince Charles interacted with the exhibit on his visit to Brighton Pavilion.


  • My Brighton cited as example of good practice by the Department of National Heritage.
  • Project used by the Museum Documentation Association to train museum curators in good multimedia work.
  • British Council sponsored curator John Roles to talk about the project in Australia, Italy and Portugal.
  • Similar ‘My Town’ projects inspired in Finland and Cambridge, UK.


  • CD of the exhibit launched, co-sponsored by multimedia company Desktop Display, who produced My Brighton
  • Free copies sent to schools in the local area (Others sold for £9.99).


  • Council gave £2,000 to Make Multimedia History group (voluntary organisation founded by My Brighton designer Jack Latimer) to do follow-up Internet project.


  • 60 volunteers started work on converting ‘My Brighton’ CD onto the Internet.
  • My Brighton and Hove website launched


  • My Brighton and Hove open day held during Brighton Festival.
  • Website singled out as an example of best practice in collaboration between museums and community groups by the National Grid for Learning.
  • Featured on publicity for New Statesman New Media awards.


  • My Brighton and Hove won Best Community Website award in Virtual Festival.
  • Site totally redesigned by team of volunteers.
  • Local historians join mailing-list to answer queries from website visitors.
  • Local editors appointed for neighbourhoods in Brighton and Hove.


  • Council funds My Brighton and Hove to run volunteer training scheme, in order to include the views of some of the city’s under-represented communities on the website
  • New PageMaker feature helps people easily add their words and photos to the site.
  • My Brighton and Hove project invited to make presentation at national museums conference.


  • My Brighton and Hove commissioned by 24 Hour Museum to produce History Trail about Brighton.
  • Three Centuries photo tour published in collaboration with the East Brighton Bygones Group.
  • Site collects photos of the 1960s for the Brighton Museum History Centre.
  • The site has: “a national reputation as an exemplary local history site” (Jon Pratty, editor, 24 Hour Museum)
  • Site wins Best Community Website 2004 award in Virtual Festival.
  • Over 20 regular volunteers now working on the website


  • My Brighton and Hove collaborates with BrightonMuseum on exhibition about Brighton Boozers
  • Site visitor figures double again over the previous 12 months.
  • A new ‘My Brighton and Hove’ oral history sub-group is formed.
  • Site wins Best Community Website 2005 award in Virtual Festival.
  • Site begins migration to a new database-driven content management system for contributory heritage sites, developed by Jack Latimer and Ian Grant.
  • Site collaborates in BBC People’s War reminiscence project


  • My Brighton and Hove founder members set up CommunitySites (www.communitysites.co.uk), a company providing software and support for community and heritage websites.
  • My Brighton and Hove commissioned by Brighton Council to run a workshop in the Friend Ship festival, encouraging kids to get involved with community heritage.
  • Visitor figures nearly double again over the year, to 3,800 visitors per day.
  • Site is completely re-designed and migrates to new content management system for contributory websites, designed by CommunitySites.
  • ‘My Brighton and Hove’ has 2,400 pages, gets about 3,800 visitor sessions per day, and features over 750 places and topics in the city.

Download the timeline


Comments about this page

  • That is an incredible set of events and many congratulations for achieving so much. My Brighton and Hove is a wonderful example of how to create a ‘living’ document and one that offers an oral history of the city.

    I suspect that many people turn to the page when they first put on their computers. I know I do.

    By Philip Burnard (27/03/2019)

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