Jack Latimer has been working
in life stories for 15 years,
winning several national training and museum awards along the way.
Here are some of the fields he has worked in:
In 1995, Jack recorded both his father and mother's life stories on
tape, over the course of several interviews. When his mother died
two years ago, he edited the tapes and produced a set of CDs for family
and friends. They were so glad he had done this, and the result was
so rewarding, that he decided to organise the Family
Stories course to help other people do the same.
Jack teaches on the unique Life
History Certificate course at the University of Sussex. He designed
the website for the
Mass-Observation archive of writing by ordinary people about everyday
life in Britain, and has organised the multimedia strand of the UK's
Oral History Society conference.
Jack conceived and co-produced the award-winning 'My
Brighton' exhibit at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, which presented
the history of the town (now a city) through the eyes of the present
inhabitants. He has also designed interactive museum exhibits for
the St John's Ambulance Brigade, the Royal Pavilion, and Shakespeare's
Jack produced the Panos Mountain
Voices oral history website, which presents interviews with over
300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world.
On a recent 6-month trip to Latin America, he took a laptop and created
the Passion' campaign website for the Fairtrade
Foundation, based on interviews with Fairtrade farmers.
Through the Make Multimedia History group,
Jack has trained and organised teams of volunteers to create websites
for QueenSpark Books
(one of the UK's oldest community publishers) and Piers
and Pebbles (a reminiscence project). The group now produces
the My Brighton and
Hove website, which has been singled out as a best practice
community website by the National Grid for Learning. He teaches
weekend courses in web design, which train people from scratch.
By the end of the weekend, participants have published a home page
and a web page for a local community group.
Jack is an award-winning training consultant, who works by recording
the real-life experiences and expertise of people at the workplace.
He has produced courses on performance coaching, team leadership and
business consultancy skills for LloydsTSB. He co-designed a European-funded
CD-ROM called 'Women in Business', largely based on life story interviews.
In 1997, he wrote a book about the history of ISO (the International
Standards Organisation) in Geneva, again based on oral history.