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Every birthday is special, but this one is particularly so. That’s because we’re thrilled to celebrate our tenth anniversary. Back in the distant days of 2011, Ammba’s first commission was working on the famous Library of Birmingham development.
We started at the very beginning of what is now the ‘digital boom’, but at the time was a very new thing. So much so that when you mentioned ‘digital’, people thought you were referring to cameras.
Successive years attending South by South West (SXSW), a now world famous technology conference, deserves most credit for setting us along this path. Being there to watch the public unveiling of Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg’s first big conference talk (which didn’t go very well) was special.
Alongside these memorable moments we also cherished talks by innovation leaders such as Al Gore and Bruce Springsteen. We were able to take that learning back into our work at Library of Birmingham, but more importantly, it helped us launch spin out businesses of ReelPlatform and Corals, and inform our work with our clients over the years.
One of the things we love most is archives and we’ve been fortunate to work with both big and small ones, including: Imperial War Museum North, The Royal Literary Fund, The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Silverstone Interactive Museum, Inspire Picture Archive, Ripon Re-Viewed Archive.
And not forgetting our favourite small archive, the Wenlock Olympic Association Archive and more recently The Common Room of the Great North.
Our work often involves travel and thanks to collaborations with the Ontario Government, Nord Anglia Education and a few other projects, we have travelled to many far-flung locations. These include Austin, Texas, Australia and New Zealand, Bratislava, Canada, Dubai, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Mexico, New York, Seattle, Shetland Islands, Vietnam
Ever conscious of our carbon footprint, we supported a tree planting project which will offset our carbon footprint from our UK and international travels.
Given the experience we have gained, we are being asked by more and more clients to work with them on their digital journeys, and support them to develop digital strategies and undertake digital transformation. This includes most recently developing the digital customer experience journey for the refurbishment of London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham’s Town Hall and working with Powys Cultural Services (the libraries, museums and archives of Powys) to develop a digital offer for their users.
What’s a business without its people? Our website says we are “a small team of dedicated and enthusiastic colleagues” and that’s true. But more than that we are a supportive bunch who have loved working together to make our projects a success.
At the risk of sounding like an award ceremony speech, we’d also like to thank some of the great partners we’ve worked with along the way. Without their support the last 10 years wouldn’t have been so productive and downright fun. Much love and hugs to:
No good article is complete without some statistics so here are some of ours:
So there you have it. It’s been a fantastic 10 years. This wonderful rollercoaster of a ride has brought laughter and possibly even a few tears, but we wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Thank you to all who have been part of our journey so far. We can’t wait to see what the next decade brings.
** Stephen Fry once asked Steve Jobs if the Apple Logo was inspired by Alan Turning who had famously killed himself by eating a poisoned apple. Steve Jobs replied… “God, we wish it were”.