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Photo:My Brighton and Hove volunteers, 2005

My Brighton and Hove volunteers, 2005

Photo:Winners of the 2005 Virtual Festival Awards. My Brighton and Hove won the award for the Best Community Site.

Winners of the 2005 Virtual Festival Awards. My Brighton and Hove won the award for the Best Community Site.

Copyright: Laura Dodson - www.lauradodson.com

News from February, 2005

The My Brighton and Hove website is in its sixth year. The site has over 2,400 pages and receives about 4,000 visitors a day.

Currently we are publishing our new Green Havens feature on a week by week basis. We are also in the final stages of bringing a brand new version of the site into being which will have greatly enhanced features - watch this space! We also have a new team of volunteer interviewers and site editors. There are now about twenty people helping out on the site.

In 2005, we collaborated with Brighton Museum by taking then and now photos for the Brighton Boozers exhibition at Brighton History Centre. We won the Virtual Festival award for Best Community Site in Brighton and Hove for the third time.

In 2004, we won the Virtual Festival award for Best Community Site in Brighton and Hove for the second time. We created a History Trail for the 24 Hour Museum. We also radically improved our PageMaker feature to help people easily add their words and photos to the site. Without any technical expertise, you can now create a page, preview it and edit it, before submitting it to the site - and you can even come back and work on your pages at a later date!

Earlier in 2004, we published the new Three Centuries photo tour, in collaboration with the East Brighton Bygones Group. We also collected photos of the 1960s for the Brighton Museum History Centre.

In 2003, we trained six volunteers in interviewing techniques and website creation, so they could seek out the views of some of the city's under-represented communities for inclusion on the My Brighton and Hove website. The result is our Lesser-Heard Voices tours.

The My Brighton and Hove website is entirely built and edited by volunteers. It is run by community publisher QueenSpark Books, with the support of Brighton and Hove Council. Find out more about the My Brighton and Hove project by clicking here.

Current vacancies: web editors and interviewers

A team of regular volunteer editors maintain the My Brighton and Hove website. We have a couple more vacancies to help out for 2 hours a week over 6 months. Find out more.

My Brighton and Hove also has a new group for volunteers who are interested in life story and oral history interviewing. E-mail info@mybrightonandhove.org.uk for more details.

Awards for My Brighton and Hove

We won Best Community Site in the 2005 Brighton and Hove Virtual Festival Web Awards. It was the third time we have gained this prestigious award having won previously in 2002 and 2004, and been runners up in 2001 and 2003. This year's win was especially significant because in addition to the award, we were presented with a very valuable piece of equipment from the sponsors of the Best Community Site category. Geeks on Wheels  have given us a laptop computer which will be an enormously useful resource for our volunteer group.

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