Third Millennium Information (TMI) Ltd is regarded as the leading publisher in the UK of high-quality illustrated histories and portraits of great institutions, notably for schools, universities and Oxford and Cambridge colleges. Together with our James & James imprint we have published titles with more than 50 schools over the past 25 years. Following on from our success in the education sector we have now expanded our publishing portfolio to include titles for a number of military regiments, churches and cathedrals, museums, arts, theatre, sporting and corporate and charitable organisations.
TMI was established in 1999 by Julian Platt as a fine art publishing house working primarily with museums and art galleries in the USA. In 2001, a one-off opportunity to give something back to Julian’s alma mater – Clare College, at the University of Cambridge – gave birth to a publishing idea that has become a global publishing business. The Clare Development Office subsequently said that the project was the best that they had ever undertaken in terms of involving their whole alumni membership.
Over the past 12 years TMI has published extensively with universities and schools within the UK. Our peerless publications with a series of Oxford and Cambridge colleges presented us with the rare opportunity to devise and publish the highly acclaimed The University of Cambridge: an 800th Anniversary Portrait – the flagship event in Cambridge’s prestigious year of celebrations.
WHAT MAKES OUR BOOKS SO SPECIAL?
TMI publications capture and distil the unique character of our client institutions in ways that resonate strongly with their alumni, core supporters and champions. Our books celebrate the best of the past, its achievements and its challenges, and create space for memory and nostalgia to play their part in the story. However, they also carry the story forward into the present day in ways that are helpful to institutions in building a case and context for support. The effect is to give alumni a clear view of the institution that they were being asked to support, and a renewed pride in their sense of belonging. The aspect of involving alumni in the creation of our books gives these projects a participative quality which carries through into extremely strong book sales both before and following publication.