A digitisation studio is emerging to feed into the new Magnificent Memories Machine. This is not science fiction – it’s Magna Żmien, a project proposing a unique opportunity to gather, digitise and create access to the stories and memories stored on sound and image home collections.
Magna Żmien was recently launched as part of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme. The digitisation studio is currently operating for the analogue to digital conversion of the content which is backed up by the Malta National Archives for long term preservation. The project offers an opportunity to convert personal collections of obsolete analogue formats including audio reel, cassette, record, still image and super 8 film to a digital format, salvaging them from their likely disintegration and preserving these audiovisual collections for the future. The recorded material which lies on these artefacts constitutes intangible heritage and contains important references to 20th century popular history of the island.
At this stage Magna Żmien is carrying out research with the help of the local councils in four locations: Birgu, Mellieħa, Siġġiewi and Victoria, Gozo, encouraging locals to contribute their memories to the project. Residents can expect events in these localities as an opportunity to showcase curated content and artistic interpretations of the material gathered from the said communities. However, people from any locality around Malta and Gozo are welcome to participate.