Chronicle believes in the value of personal stories to support personal well-being, bring families and local communities together, and to preserve heritage.
We seek to help people preserve and enjoy personal stories.
Our digital story format combines photos and a first-person audio narrative into short videos of 2-4 minutes duration.
An example of a digital story created in a Chronicle workshop (By Laurie Evans)
Chronicle can trace its roots back to Western Australia when two talented film makers and a tech/business entrepreneur came together on a local place making project for a coastal community called Scarborough, a Northern suburb of Perth. The project involved collecting memories from people in Scarborough.
As a result of our early work, we recognised the value of personal stories in terms of articulating the essence of place. We also recognised the positive effects on people who shared their stories with us. Since these early beginnings we have delivered many other projects across themes of place, history, mental health, immigration and aboriginal culture.
Now based in Suffolk in the UK, Chronicle continues to expand our range of innovative projects with local communities. We work with the latest technologies to assist in our work and have developed a suite of tools that we can tailor to our client needs.
Ultimately, Chronicle believes that people should be empowered to preserve their personal stories and, when they are willing to share them, their stories are an authentic way to articulate the essence of places.
Chronicle consists of two sister companies:
Chronicle Digital Storytelling Ltd - an early stage commercial company that works with clients on a fee-for-service basis and helps to develop storytelling technology platforms and services.
Chronicle Community Storytelling Projects CIC - our not-for-profit community interest company (limited by guarantee) that allows us to seek funding to deliver our own community based projects. You can read our community interest statement here.
We are part of BT's Innovation Martlesham Tech Cluster based at Adastral Park in Suffolk, UK.
Who we work with
Chronicle works with a wide range of organisations and individuals. Some of our clients include:
Local Authorities: We work with local authorities on tourism, place-making and community development projects.
Not-for-profit Organisations: Storytelling can be a great way to advocate the services and outcomes for a not-for-profit organisation or charity. We have previously worked with NFP organisations across mental health, arts, heritage, and migration topics.
Corporate Clients: Storytelling can be used for a number of purposes with corporate clients. We have worked with a range of clients to create a record of major construction and restoration projects, preserve company heritage and for other Corporate Social Responsibility community based projects.
Individuals: Our activities help to reduce isolation and encourage positive mental health. We work with individuals to preserve family history and to support positive family relationships.
Our Innovative Thinking
We believe in leverage new thinking and innovative technologies in the delivery of our services. That said, we also recognise the need to align technology to the needs of our clients so we always look for ways where technology can make digital storytelling more accessible to people.
Here's a few examples of our work:
Dial-a-story: We repurposed some vintage 1980's rotary phones to enable people to dial an audio story.
Our digital Walking Trails App: We have developed a smartphone app to help us develop self-guided digital walking trails.
Other innovative technologies we are developing include storytelling apps - both for creating stories and for exploring them.
Chronicle's innovative thinking has been recognised by the company winning a competition focused upon the Internet of Things and our vision for the internet of things to be used in a social context with storytelling.
Please contact us on email here or call 07752 191710
Tel: 07752 191710