TIME/IMAGE is a heritage asset consultancy. We work with archives and collections to creatively promote and provide access to these rich resources in a digital age.
We work to aid organisations who choose to digitise their collections, or those who are simply looking to improve a collection that’s already online. We also promote these freely-available digital archive collections, and the forward-thinking organisations that own them, through innovative public engagement.
We appreciate the valuable and versatile role that archive materials of all types can play in today’s society. Not merely a curiosity, archives can both educate and entertain if utilised correctly. There is a great online interest in our history and our culture, and many progressive organisations are now choosing to have their collections digitised for both preservation and improved public access.
How can TIME/IMAGE help?
TIME/IMAGE works with all forms of archives, though moving image collections are our speciality. Our goal is to maximise the opportunities for access, exploration, and engagement.
You can find out more about our services HERE.
These services bridge the gap between physical collections and online media. We are primarily aimed at long-established institutions who recognise their collections as an asset, but may not have the knowledge or resources to undertake such work themselves. It may be that they wish to simply consolidate their archive data for cataloguing purposes, or they may wish to undertake a full digitisation and online engagement programme. Whatever their specific needs, and whatever current state the collection may be in, TIME/IMAGE can tailor its services to suit their requirements.
What makes TIME/IMAGE different?
TIME/IMAGE is unique in its ability to facilitate this process by virtue of its specialist experience, its creative approach, and its comprehensive range of services. No other agency works with such projects from start to finish without contracting freelancers to manage individual tasks. The close-knit TIME/IMAGE team manages a project internally throughout, providing a better sense of cohesion in the output, reducing costs, and simplifying the development process.
Using TIME/IMAGE’s services helps organisations connect with wider audiences. Giving the public access to archive materials boosts traffic to your digital platform, whilst simultaneously presenting a public-spirited and up-to-date image.
Furthermore, TIME/IMAGE has connections with a number of major upcoming digital media initiatives, and can help enable organisations to become involved with these projects.
Our most recent work has been with the British Council Film Collection – a joint project between the British Council, the British Film Institute, Google, and TIME/IMAGE.
When TIME/IMAGE first encountered this collection, it was simply as a list of titles and dates. Over 18 months, we worked to research, digitise, catalogue, and provide content around this remarkable film archive. In May 2012 the collection became available for the public to watch and download for free, receiving great positive press and over 300,000 plays in the first month alone.
TIME/IMAGE is also interested in research on the topics of digital archives, knowledge exchange, digital public space, online access, value chains, and audience engagement. We are looking forward to contributing to some ambitious research projects in these areas in the near future.
We are also currently working to develop the Here We Go Again project, and an innovative, narrative-led browsing concept.