The University of Brighton Design Archives took part in a project to create an unrivaled online image library, comprising over 500 hours of film and 56,000 photos, available free of charge for at least 25 years to UK higher and further education institutions from Summer 2010.
Following £2.5 million in funding from JISC and a competitive procurement process during the first months of 2009, the Design Archives were one of eleven high-quality image collections licensed by JISC Collections as part of the Digital Images for Education initiative. The award to the Design Archives totaled £43,000.
The emphasis of the project was to bring to life “Our History” – in particular, film and digital images that capture local history, UK history and world history during the last 25 years. The Design Archives delivered 2,300 images from across the wealth of its holdings.
At the time of the award, Dr Catherine Moriarty, Curatorial Director, commented: ‘That the significance and potential of our collections has been recognized in this way is very important to us. This project means we’re in the centre of the action when it comes to the delivery of images for education. It builds on our previous imaging experience and this new digital stock adds to the 4,000+ images already accessible via the Visual Arts Data Service.’
Now the project is complete and during 2011 the images will be uploaded to a new platform being built by EDINA, the JISC eCollections Mediahub. This will contain several other collections in addition to the Digital Images for Education images. Mediahub is scheduled to launch in August 2011.
For more information about Mediahub, see the EDINA Mediahub blog.
Image: From the Design Council Archive: Royal Gobelin 19/758 Axminster carpet by Tompkinsons Ltd., designed by Graham Tutton. One of eighteen products recognised in the CoID ‘Design Centre Awards’ 1960. Catalogue number: GB 1837 DES/DCA/30/7/1960/9/1