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