The following were elected as committee officials and members at the annual general meeting of the Community Archive Heritage Group. The AGM was held during our annual conference on Tuesday 12th July 2016.
Susan Hampson, Canvey Community Archive
Susan worked for Essex County Council Libraries for 24 years in various roles, including library assistant, library manager and Audience Development. She developed many projects including a family history resource and bringing seven community archives to the South East of Essex. She was chair of Canvey Community Archive for 8 years. Now retired Susan continues to contribute to the local community as an active Rotarian and volunteer for the Royal Opera House in Thurrock.
Dr Andrew Flinn, University College London
Andrew is a Reader in Archival Studies and Oral History and director of the Archives Masters programme at University College London. He has been a member of the CAHG committee since 2006. A social historian he has long had interest in communities taking responsibility for the telling their own histories and has written extensively about independent community archives and their relationship with mainstream heritage bodies.
Dr Alan Butler
Judith Harvey, Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network
Judith has been involved with Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network (CCAN) at the local group level (Upwood) since it first started in 2006 and served on the CCAN committee from its inception to 2014.
Dr Nick Barratt
Jez Collins, Birmingham Centre for Media & Cultural Research
Jez Collins is a social and cultural entrepreneur and is employed as a researcher in the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research at Birmingham City University where he studies the creative industries and cultural policy. He has a particular interest in the music industries with music as a tool for social change, music as culture and music heritage as current areas of practice and research and will be co-delivering on the University’s new Music Heritage Masters Award.
Jez is the founder of the Birmingham Popular Music Archive (http://birminghammusicarchive.com) The archive was created to recognize and celebrate the rich musical heritage of the city of Birmingham and as way of ensuring that multiple voices, stories and narratives tell their stories, of their music no matter how obscure. The project seeks to build the complete musical history of the city bottom up – by it’s users. We ask them to ‘Tell us what you know, tell us what you think’ The archive is now moving into releasing lost Birmingham music, with the classic reggae album Inner Reggae Rhythm by Eclipse slated for the first release.
Jez is also the Executive Co-Producer for the award winning documentary Made in Birmingham: Reggae Punk Bhangra. This is his first film and documents the development of these genres of music in Birmingham and talks to the musicians who reflected the social, cultural and political issues of their communities through their music.
Jane Golding, Historic England
Jane is Heritage Information Partnerships Manager at Historic England and has worked in the heritage sector for over twenty-five years. She currently provides development support to the national network of local authority Historic Environment Records (HERs) and their role in the planning process.
Whilst working for Historic England she has been involved in a wide range of community archive and archaeology projects. Jane joined CAHG’s steering committee in 2007 and is a former secretary to the group.
Jack Latimer, CommunitySites
Jack Latimer is the Creative Director of CommunitySites (www.communitysites.co.uk), a company which specialises in designing and supporting websites and cataloguing software for community archives and heritage projects. CommunitySites has set up nearly 100 community heritage websites in the UK and Ireland since it was established in 2006.
Jack is on the committee of the Community Archive and Heritage Group (CAHG) and was responsible for setting up the Community Archives website (www.communityarchives.org.uk), which is a national directory of community archives. As a consultant, he developed national guidelines on cataloguing standards for community archives for the National Council on Archives and has co-written guidelines on digitisation for the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Jack’s involvement in community archives began when he founded the My Brighton and Hove community heritage website in 2000 (www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk).
He led the project on a voluntary basis for its first six years, while working as a multimedia and training designer for museums and businesses. Nine years later, the website has grown to include over 10,000 pages of memories, photos and information contributed by the general public and managed by volunteers. The website won two awards (Best Small Museum Site and Best Community Site) in the international Museums and the Web competition, 2008. Jack also led the Letter in the Attic community archive project, which created a collection of letters and diaries through an appeal to the general public in 2007-2008.
Tamsin Mallett Archives and Cornish Studies Service
Tamsin Mallett is Principal Archivist for the Archives and Cornish Studies Service of Cornwall Council. After completing her Masters in Archives and Records Management and working in business archives in London, she returned to Cornwall to manage the final phase of the south west region’s Access to Archives project. She became Principal Archivist in 2005 and recognising a need to support Cornwall’s community archives, she set-up the Cornish Archives Network (CAN) in 2006. She still co-ordinates the Network and provides professional advice, training and one to one support for its 77 member organisations. In 2014 she was initiated as a Cornish Bard in recognition for her contribution to community archives and heritage. As part of the Kresen Kernow project to build a new archive centre in Cornwall, she plans to increase the support available for community archives, raise the standards of collections care and information, and provide better training opportunities and skills development for the local heritage sector.