Ghost Town: Civic Television and the Haunting of Coventry
This project extracts television programmes made in and about Coventry out of the archive, and re-screens them around the city in traditional and non-traditional spaces.
The project is initiating conversations about the city’s past, present and future. The project examines the cultural value of the television archive to people living in the city, as well as what Coventry means to its inhabitants and visitors.
Professor Helen Wheatley (pictured right) is working with colleagues from the University of Warwick’s Department of Film and Television Studies, a range of non-higher education partners, including Culture Coventry, Coventry Cathedral, the Media Archive for Central England (MACE), Kaleidoscope and the BBC.
This project will scope visual and audio-visual material for future industrial photography exhibitions in Coventry and Italy. The project team will examine the photographic archives of Richard Bailey and Richard Sadler and the broadcast archives of MACE, the BBC and others to identify historic businesses and industrial activity and use participatory workshops to record the stories, themes and issues that together reveal the working life of Coventry’s past.
Professor Helen Wheatley (Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick) and Ben Kyneswood (Sociology, Coventry University) are working with Photo Archive Miners and the local public.
This research is closely related the Ghost Town project, and considers the relationship between the television archive and Cities of Culture more broadly. The project will result in a doctoral thesis about television and cities of culture, new collaborations and plans for legacy projects for MACE in the city, and a new documentary about the building of Coventry Cathedral for BBC4.