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Durham University

St John's College

Peter Britton

I attended St John’s College from 1971 to 1974, and from 1976 to 1977 attended the Graduate Society (as it then was) to do an MA in Classics. Then followed a career in educational librarianship and history teaching, before I set up my own company, Appian Way Software Ltd, in 1988. This specialised in publishing history resources for secondary schools.

In 1997 I merged Appian Way with a larger company called Actis Ltd as Managing Director, which produced online content for education.

In 2001 the company was taken over by a large financial services firm who wanted to invest in education. I stayed on for a year to support the new MD, and then left to return to my first love, history.

I worked as a consultant on various history-related projects for several years, producing resource for such clients as the National Archives, English Heritage, the British Film Institute, Barings Bank Archives, the London Grid, the East of England Broadband Network and the South East Grid for Learning.

In 2007 I set up my current company, Timemaps, with the specific brief to create an online atlas for world history. I continued with my consultancy work for several years, but since 2012 have concentrated full-time on the Timemaps projects.

The Timemaps atlas of world history is the only one of its kind on the internet. My vision is to give engaging but authoritative access to all the world’s history. Timemaps currently has approx. 3 million users per annum and has visitors from around the world. For many it is the only accurate source of information about the history of their own country. Please judge for yourself whether it is achieving its vision by visiting I would greatly appreciate any comments you may have - .

St John's College, Durham is a recognised College of Durham University and incorporates Cranmer Hall. Charity No. 1141701 Limited Company No. 113496 (England and Wales) VAT No. 334 6364 57.