Timescapes archive launched

Article dated: 4 December 2009

The Timescapes archive was officially launched by Alan Gillespie, the new chair of the ESRC, on 16 October 2009. The launch was held at the British Library, and was attended by over 80 people from the academic and policy communities. Presentations were given by Bren Neale, Director of Timescapes, and Libby Bishop, Senior Research Officer at the UK Data Archive, while Ben Ryan, Technical Officer, gave practical demonstrations of the online resource. Timescapes

The Timescapes archive has been developed with the University of Leeds library team. It is a rich resource of multimedia data on personal lives and times designed for sharing and re-use. Data are being fed into the archive from the seven projects that make up the £4.5 million ESRC Timescapes study. These projects span the life course, tracking the lives of children, young people, parents, grandparents and the oldest generation to capture their unfolding biographies. Timescapes has also set up a partnership with BBC Memoryshare to enable people to send in their own accounts and memories of their family and personal lives. The new archive can be accessed through the Timescapes web site.