Marshall Mateer


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.

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 live whirligig beetles in a jam jar.  Its media form reaches back to 1969 – the Hornsey years of film, animation, photography and (tape) video. Then it was the photocopying years in the classroom and all those highly detailed pen-drawn A4 worksheets. As web materials it reaches back to the launch of the internet in UK schools in 1998. 

The Shapesoftime website was launched in 2003. You can see snapshots of the developing site on the Internet Archive’s ‘WayBack Machine’ going back to 5th June 2005 which describes the schools Pathé Newsreel project – the first demonstrator of the power of broadband to provide access to film to schools in the UK. 

  • the moral rights of creators
  • maintaining the ‘provenance’ of materials and images
  • the use of open licences and open learning
  • the rights of copyright owners

The resources on the website are copyright Marshall Mateer unless otherwise stated. There are also materials that have been sourced from other places and care is taken to check permissions and provide acknowledgements.

For correspondence please use the contact form

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

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