CommunitySites specialise in building websites and catalogues for community groups, museums and archives. We design easy-to-use software which is specially tailored to community heritage.
Our clients include dozens of local history groups as well as national museums, county councils, archives, libraries, Waitrose, and the National Trust. Many of our projects are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Our 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 in the years from 2011-2014.
How we began
The company was established in 2005 by the founders of the award-winning My Brighton and Hove community heritage site (www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk). Our motivation was to make the successful model of that site available in other parts of the country.
Who we are
The two original founders of the company, Jack Latimer and Ian Grant, are both multimedia professionals. We now work alongside a team of freelance graphic designers, programmers and trainers.
Jack Latimer (Creative Director)
Jack Latimer is an expert in community heritage and community archives. He is a leading member of the Community Archives and Heritage Group (CAHG), which supports and promotes community archives. On behalf of CAHG, he set up a national directory of community archives in the UK and wrote the Community Archive Cataloguing Guidelines.
He began as a video writer and multimedia designer, winning national awards for training and museum projects, including a Gulbenkian award. He has also worked as an oral historian, chaired a community publisher, and run numerous community heritage projects. He taught Oral History and Multimedia at the University of Sussex.
Ian Grant (Technical Director)
Ian Grant is an experienced developer and technical project manager, who has worked on a wide variety of acclaimed projects in the museum, training and educational sectors. He has a long-standing commitment to the accessible use of technology, and a rare skill for creating simple and intuitive interfaces.