Community Archives and Heritage Group

Committee Profile 2013
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The annual general meeting of the Community Archive Heritage Group was held during the Community Archives and Heritage Groups seventh annual conference at University College London on Wednesday 10th July 2013.

The following were elected as committee officials and members.


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 community archives to the South East of Essex. Now retired Susan continues her passion for community archives as chair of Canvey Community Archive. She is also a volunteer at the Royal Opera House and an active Rotarian

Vice chair 

Dr Andrew Flinn University College London

Andrew is a senior lecturer 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 a long interest in people taking responsibility for the preservation and writing of their own community’s histories and has written extensively about independent community archives and their relationship with mainstream heritage bodies.


Julie Creer  Lancashire Cultural Service

Julie is Senior Community Heritage Manager at Lancashire County Council she has a BA Hons (2:1) in History & Environmental Studies and a PGCE (Secondary) History. She taught History in a large Comprehensive School until 2006. She was offered a job with the British Postal Museum & Archive where she researched and created learning resources and outreach on the role of the post office during the first world war, the project received a 4 star archive award

Following on from this Julie became a freelance consultant, advising small volunteer run museums on engaging audiences with their collections. In 2008 she joined Lancashire County Council as their Lifelong learning and outreach officer for their museum service, with the responsibility of developing audience development for 6 museums, by the end of 2009 she became Acting Head of Learning and Access. In January 2011 she took up her current role working for the Heritage strand of Cultural Services, managing 6 Community heritage staff and 4 assistants, housed in various libraries around the county all of whom support, develop and promote Lancashire collections, resources, stories and its people.


Judith Harvey   Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network

Judith has been involved with Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network (CCAN) at the local group level since it first started in 2006 and has been on the CCAN committee since the committee was formed. 

She joined the CAHG committee in 2009. Her background is not archive related so she is one of the CAHG committee members representing grass roots community archiving.


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 ( 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.  

Helen Foster Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS)

Helen develops and delivers education and outreach for the RCAHMS, Scotland ’s national collections of buildings, archaeology and industry. She works largely with the RCAHMS’ digital services, interpreting and enabling access across both formal and informal education sectors. 

Helen is fascinated with how people connect with places and, in particular, with how this can be recorded through oral histories. She currently works across a range of projects with community groups in Scotland who are collecting and creating their own archive materials. She can offer guidance on how they can make their digital collections available for schools and also how they can contribute to and enhance RCAHMS’ own digital collections.  With a national remit, Helen is always interested to find out more about community archive work going on across Scotland .

Judith Garfield MBE  Eastside Community Heritage

Judith Garfield is currently Executive Director of Eastside Community Heritage and recently awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Hours list 2012 for her work and commitment to Community Heritage. 

Judith is responsible for the organisations core work programme. Since its inception ECH has produced 18 publications, over 80 exhibitions, as well as giving birth to East London Peoples Archive (currently holding in excess of 1700 oral histories and thousands of pictures), previous to joining ECH Judith was a set designer and stage manager at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

In her spare time Judith is an avid reader and a keen enthusiast for contemporary history of London, art and drama. See

 Jane Golding   English Heritage

Jane works for English Heritage in Swindon and is currently responsible for creating a 'community of practice' for the sharing and development of local engagement expertise amongst local authority Historic Environment Record Officers. Whilst working for English Heritage she has led a wide range of community projects across England including working with groups in Swindon and Lancaster to develop and maintain community archives.

Jane joined the steering committee of the Community Archives and Heritage Group (CAHG) in 2007. Jane is a council member of the British Association for Local History, a member of the Historical Association's Public History committee, and is an active member of the Institute for Archaeology’s newly formed Voluntary & Community Archaeology Group. She is interested in developing links and sharing expertise across community archive and community archaeology groups

Daphne Knott Hertfordshire County Council

Daphne Knott is Learning and Access Officer at Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies. She has worked in business, local government and museum archives as well as having 15 years teaching experience in adult education. Most recently she has engaged with volunteer groups throughout Hertfordshire to develop the Herts Memories network of community archives as part of the HLF funded Making Memories project. The project continues to expand and now has 10 community archives groups each with their own website.

Jack Latimer CommunitySites

Jack Latimer is the Creative Director of CommunitySites (, 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 (, 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 ( 

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.

Rosie Logiudice The National Archives

Rosie is Collections Knowledge Officer at The National Archives. She was previously a member of CAHG while managing Archives 4 All and has recently rejoined the group as a committee member. She is involved in maintaining the National Register of Archives and Access to Archives. 

Rosie has a keen interest in community archives and is currently doing some surveying work around LGBT community groups.

Peter F Mason Lustleigh Community Archive

Peter F Mason is chair of the Lustleigh Society which manages the Lustleigh Community Archive. Lustleigh is a small community on the eastern edge of Dartmoor. Started in 1978,  Lustleigh Community Archive consists of parish records; registers and census data; maps including the 1837 Tithe Map; a complete set of Parish Magazines dating from 1889; minutes of village organisations; press-cuttings; over 2000 photographs and postcards, paintings; books and other documents of historic interest.  The Archives of Lustleigh provide an important insight into the development of a village situated on the edge of Dartmoor, which has origins in prehistory.    

Peter has over forty years experience of the arts and culture. Having originally trained for the theatre, he worked in a variety of arts organisations for fifteen years including three years as Director of Salisbury Arts Centre. As County Arts Officer Hampshire for twelve years he helped develop it to become one of the foremost County Council supporters of the arts in England. He was accountable for developing and implementing the County Council’s arts policy and successfully managing the County Arts Office including five arts centres and a marketing unit, with a staff of 50 and a budget of £3.6 million. He worked on a freelance basis from 1997 - 2008. Among projects he undertook were researching and writing the Cultural Strategy for Hampshire (including an analysis of the economic impact of culture in the county), Youth Arts and Arts in Rural Areas Strategies for West Sussex County Councilorganisational development reviews of a number of organisations including the Sidmouth International Festival. He also researched and wrote (with Joanna Morland) the Arts Strategy for the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site (The Jurassic Coast).

Peter has also had reviews and articles published in a number of magazines including the Museums Journal, Ceramic Review, Devon Life, the Dartmoor Magazine and Crafts Magazine. He is the author of “Hampshire: A Sense of Place” published by Hampshire Books in 1994.

Annie O'Brien  Tilbury and Chadwell Memories project 

Annie O'Brien is project manager for the Tilbury and Chadwell Memories project which received a £49,000 Heritage Lottery Grant two years ago. Annie works in partnership with the South Essex Community archive group and has worked for Museums, Libraries and Archives in her previous job. 

James Patterson Media Archive for Central England

James Patterson is one of the UK’s most experienced moving image archivists. After 21 years at the National Film and Television Archive at the BFI where he was for ten years Keeper of Documentary Film, he left in 2000 to establish the Media Archive for Central England. MACE, the regional public moving image archive for the East and West Midlands, is now based at the University of Lincoln where James is a Senior Academic as well as MACE Director. He has a long held belief in the importance of film as a major part of the record of the twentieth century and in particular of its value in the context of community collections

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