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Ghost Town: Civic Television and the Haunting of Coventry

Remembering

Our next "haunting", or public screening, will be Cathedral of Culture, a vibrant glimpse into the role that Coventry Cathedral has played in the nation's cultural life. Join us at the Cathedral in December.

What is Ghost Town?

Cities are haunted places: they are haunted by the ghosts of people, buildings, businesses, ideas, of things which once stood and now no longer remain. These traces of the haunted city might be slowly lost to the passing of time, but the city is also vividly recalled in another haunted place: the television archive.

Ghost Town traces how Coventry’s history persists as ghostly traces in the television archive: glimpses of people, places, stories, and snapshots that have been captured and preserved. Through a number of civic screenings (or hauntings) in cinemas and other more unorthodox venues around the city, Ghost Town unleashes the city’s ghosts and brings past, present, and future Coventry into dialogue in the lead up to the City of Culture year in 2021.

A collaborative project between the University of Warwick's Centre for Television History, Heritage, and Memory Research, the Birmingham-based television archive Kaleidoscope, the Media Archive of Central England, Coventry Cathedral, and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

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