Marshall Mateer – film, art, writing


Shapes of Time is the website and project of Marshall Mateer with a focus on the Spanish Civil War, the International Brigades and responses in Britain (UK) between 1936 – 1939.

  • the the stories of some of the people involved
  • evidence, memory, storytelling and history
  • how the media responded

My fascination in the arts, the media, history, film and photography and the wonder that’s in and around every little nook and cranny – from dust to destiny – carries through everything. 

  • practice to theory – and all the way back again
  • traversing the arts – heritage to futures – scratchy sticks to digital data 
  • marmalising the media – old tropes & new memes – issues and histories

I hope you find ideas and things of interest, and, perhaps, something useful to your own work.

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Shapesoftime goes way back to childhood collections – bits of broken pottery  from the bottom of the old garden, stamps, fossils from the coast and, from the little stream that ran alongside the estate, still alive whirlagig beetles.  In media form it reaches back to 1969 – the Hornsey years of film, animation, photography and (tape) video. Then on to the photocopying years in the classroom and all those highly detailed pen-drawn A4 worksheets. As web materials it goes back to the launch of the internet in UK schools in 1998.  The Shapesoftime website was launched in 2003 and you can see snapshots of the developing site on the Internet Archive’s very wonderful ‘WayBack Machine’ going all the way back to 5th June 2005.  See WayBack Machine – Shapesoftime 2005   –  the schools Pathe Newsreel project, the first demonstrator of the power of broadband to provide access to film to all schools in the UK. 

The resources on the website are copyright Marshall Mateer unless otherwise stated. Please see below under ‘Copyright and Permissions’ for more details on copyrights.

Shapesoftime promotes: the moral rights of creators; the need to keep information – the ‘provenance’ – about the creation of materials and their sources together with the materials we use; the rights of copyright owners; and the use of open licences.  Authors, creators and sources are as ‘fully’ acknowledged as we can reasonably manage next to their text, images or materials in Shapesoftime.

Some resource friends: International Brigades Memorial Trust (IBMT); Marx Memorial Library; Working Class Movement Library; British Pathé; Creative Commons UK; Local Authority libraries (long may they survive); secondhand bookshops (long may they prosper); Modern Records Centre, Warwick University; BBC Archive; British Library; Wellcome Library; British Film Insitute; National Archives, Kew; Bishopsgate Institute; ….

Open resource favourites – all hail! Creative Commons licences; Wikimedia; Internet Archive; Project Guttenberg; Flickr; Flickr The Commons; Europeana …

For the website: Word Press with Yoko Theme; TSOhost; and, all those years ago, Philip Belcher for his help setting up the website.

To re-use articles and materials which are copyright Marshall Mateer please contact me or if you wish to publish Shapesoftime resources for commercial use or in a funded project. If you wish to use third party materials from this website you must contact the owner or their agent for permissions.  Some of the articles and materials have Creative Commons licences which state clearly how they can be re-used.

We use a lot of other people’s resources and every attempt is made to identify and seek permission from rights holders for these ‘third party’ resources. Because they have given permission to have their work published on Shapesoftime does not necessarily mean that they have given permission for other people to download the materials from Shapesoftime and republish them elsewhere – you may need to contact the author or copyright owner yourself to get permission if you want to re-use or re-publish their materials.

Data – Shapesoftime does not pass on any data that may be collected in the course of operating the website including names, email or contact information provided in correspondence with us.

Comments  – Shapesoftime reserves the right to delete or not publish comments, including comments that are personally malicious or those that use offensive or inappropriate language.

e-safety – Shapesoftime promotes safe and responsible use of digital communications and internet safety for children and young people.

Links Disclaimer – In reviewing, linking to or recommending resources in other websites, the work of other organisations or of other authors and artists no responsibility is accepted for materials that may be found to be unsuitable or offensive or of actions consequent thereof.             .

Changes – Shapesoftime reserves the right to make changes to its materials at any time … it is, after all, an on-going learning project.