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www.timeimage.org.uk
About TIME/IMAGE

TIME/IMAGE engages the public in the past, the present and the future by inviting them to explore documentary films spanning the last century and consider the questions they raise.

TIME/IMAGE is a creative consultancy, specialising in film archives.

We work with film archives in a number of ways to help the public connect with them This includes managing the digitisation of old films, making them freely available online, researching and curating collections, providing context, and hosting public screening events. We also encourage topical debate around the materials, and promote the use of archive material for creative reinterpretations.

At TIME/IMAGE, we think that there's a lot to be learnt from the past, and not just in terms of history. Granted, we can learn about our family trees, our towns, and societies of days gone by, but there's more to it than that. By studying our past, we become more aware of the world we live in now, able to see how we've changed and grown since these archives were formed – socially and culturally as well as technologically. These archives also provoke discourse on how we perceive the present and future through how we have presented the past, both to others and to ourselves.

TIME/IMAGE believes that film is a unique medium in the way that it brings the past to life. Film has personality, intentional or otherwise, and from that we can get a real sense of lifestyle, attitude, and vitality.

It's also a medium that thrives in the modern world, lending itself well to creative reinterpretation and interactive presentation. With the continuing rise of camera-phones and cloud-based storage, more people than ever are choosing to document the world around them via filmic media. In this fast-paced world where any member of the public has the power to create and show a video to an international audience in minutes, films have a unique capability to educate, move, and inspire.

We think that the notion of bringing archive films into a digital age – interpreting and combing them with today's ideas in innovative ways – will serve to reinvigorate this fantastic resource and capture the public's imagination. The purpose of any archive is to preserve important historical documents for future generations to enjoy. Now those generations are here, and today we have the technology to open up these archives and bring their fascinating contents to the wider public whilst preserving historical artefacts.

TIME/IMAGE thus believes that the future of archives lies in freely-accessible digital resources, predominantly made available through the internet. Our vision is to become a flagship for this model, using our online presence to become a hub for open-sourced research and media.



This Wikispaces site is the research hub for TIME/IMAGE - where all available information on the numerous titles in the archives we work with is collated. This site combines videos, images, and text to form coherent narratives and highlight connections.



TIME/IMAGE was born out of a collaboration between Counterpoint, the British Council, and New Deal of the Mind as a part of the Digital Domesday project. The six-month placement was funded by the government’s Future Jobs Fund scheme, which aimed to make jobs in the creative industries for young people aged 18-24. In October 2010, TIME/IMAGE was given a brief to make freely available the British Council’s documentary film collection from the 1930s onwards, which had been carefully preserved but remained largely unseen in the BFI Archive until that point.

Following the success of this project, TIME/IMAGE became an independent entity early in 2011.