Timelines.tv is a free-to-use, video-rich history resource which was originated and conceived by Paul Trainor and Andrew Chater. The resource is designed and managed by Trainor Davies Design, while the content is written and produced by Andrew Chater.


Please don’t download or share the video content on the site. It is all under copyright. Timelines: Changing Lives (the purple timeline) is ¬©October Films / Lodestar Productions (Andrew Chater). Timelines: Rulers and Ruled, Timelines: Nations and Empire, and Seven Journeys in the American West (the brown, green and yellow timelines) are ¬©Lodestar Productions (Andrew Chater). All these resources were originally commissioned and broadcast by the BBC, and are streamed online under the independent producers’ terms of trade with the BBC’s permission.

Smallpox Through Time is ©Timelines.tv / The Wellcome Trust.

Other copyrighted materials on the site (stills etc) are credited to the copyright holder as appropriate. All copyrighted materials within the 70-year rule are reproduced with permission. All copyrighted materials predating the 70-year rule are considered public domain, as a faithful 2-dimensional reproduction of an image out of copyright. Archive houses, museums etc who hold the original artefact have been credited as appropriate, as a courtesy. Please presume the images are copyrighted unless the site specifically states them as public domain. All text resources on the site may be reproduced freely without payment, but please credit the site as appropriate.


Timelines.tv is a free-to-view site. We believe that keeping it free is the best way to guarantee a large and dedicated user-base. To survive, it depends on sponsorship from national, corporate and philanthropic institutions, who embrace the internet (as we do) as a viable new medium for public service educational provision.

We’re delighted to be working with the Wellcome Trust on our new resource, Smallpox Through Time. The Trust was generous enough to meet the entire cost of the project, sponsoring Timelines.tv with a Public Engagement Award that enabled us to create nearly an hours’ worth of video content – effectively, the cost of a full-length television documentary. The Trust will make no profit from the venture – except to know that they’ve helped create a valuable and targeted resource that will be used for years to come on a daily basis in schools the length and breadth of the UK and beyond. We are in discussion with potential backers for several new projects for Timelines.tv, including a history of Britain’s relationship with India, and a history of the Islamic world. As funding is confirmed, we’ll announce all new plans here.

Contact us

If you’ve enjoyed using Timelines.tv, or if you have any comments or queries regarding the site, we’re keen to hear from you.
Let us know how you’re using the site – whether as a student, a teacher, or a life-learner. Let us know how well the site suits your needs, and how it can be improved. Let us know if you have any technical problems using the site, or if you spot any mistakes (videos that don’t play, hyperlinks that don’t work, typos etc), and we’ll endeavour to rectify problems as quickly as we can. The original site was built requiring the ‘flash player’ to view much of the content. As apple has now refused to support ‘flash’ on its devices we have built a new series of resources for mobile and tablet devices. These resources are of course available on desktop PC’s as well. Please follow the link on the homepage.

We will upload a selection of comments received on the message board – so please let us know if you’d rather we didn’t. If you have any ideas for adding to our timelines please contact us, however it must be remembered that we require funding to originate new content. If you would like to fund or know of a method of funding your ideas, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us here.