Director of the Centre of Television Histories, Helen Wheatley, wins BAFTSS award for Best Journal Article of the year 2021
Centre of Television Histories Director, Helen Wheatley, won the British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies Award for Journal Article of the Year for her article
‘Haunted Television: Trauma and the Specter in the Archive’ JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, 59 (3), pp.69-80
The judging panel said: "This offers a consistently engaging, thought-provoking and timely reflection on the framing of media figures such as Jimmy Savile as specters ‘haunting’ the television archive. Relying on enlightening textual analyses from a wide range of documentaries and dramas, it convincingly explores the constant reappearance of this spectral figure and the ways these programmes work through the traumas and hidden histories that it represents."
Humans at Work is a new play, written by Stephanie Ridings for Warwick Arts Centre. Part of the Great Place Project, the play shines a light on the city’s industrial past. The piece has grown out of community engagement and creative approaches to television archives, and the Centre's Ghost Town project, in collaboration with Photo Archive Miners, were involved in the early stages of the project. We are very excited to see finished product!
Tickets available here.
Kristyn Gorton and Joanne Garde-Hansen's Remembering British Television: Audience, Archive and Industry (Bloomsbury, 2019) launches
This original book asks how, in an age of convergence, when 'television' no longer means a box in the corner of the living room that we sit and watch together, do we remember television of the past? How do we gather and archive our memories? Kristyn Gordon and Joanne Garde-Hansen explore these questions through first person interviews with tv producers, curators and archivists, and case studies of popular television series and fan communities such as Cold Feetand Doctor Who. Their discussion takes in museum exhibitions, popular televison nostalgia programming and 'vintage' tv websites.
Researchers from the Centre, led by Helen Wheatley, have begun the four-year research project, Ghost Town: Civic Television and the Haunting of Coventrywhich leads up to and into Coventry's City of Culture year. Click here to read more about the project as it develops.