Researchers from the Centre, led by Helen Wheatley, have begun the four-year research project, Ghost Town: Civic Television and the Haunting of Coventry which leads up to and into Coventry's City of Culture year. Click here to read more about the project as it develops.
From 2013 Helen Wheatley and Rachel Moseley developed research on the history of children’s television culture in Britain which was the subject of a large-scale touring exhibition designed with colleagues at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, and toured the UK for three years from May 2015. The Exhibition opened with national publicity which can be found here and here, and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum has seen record crowds take up the opportunity to re-visit and re-learn their favourite and forgotten children's television programmes. See local press coverage here.
2015 A key aspect of this research was the hosting of an international conference at Warwick on The Story of Children's Television in July 2015, details of which can be found on the Department of Film and Television's research news pages here. Helen Wheatley has also discussed and debated the issues surrounding what and how we remember children's television in her recent contribution to The Conversation. Helen, in collaboration with Dr Rachel Moseley and Dr Amy Holdsworth (Glasgow University), published an article on their work at the exhibition in the journal VIEW: Journal of European Television History & Culture.
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The Dennis Potter Heritage Project
From 2008 Dr Joanne Garde-Hansen worked with the Dean Heritage Centre, Voices in the Forest and Jason Griffiths from the University of Gloucestershire (UoG) to raise funds to purchase the written archives of the screenwriter, journalist and author Dennis Potter (1935-1994). Funded by the Heritage Lottery in 2010, the project to bring the archive to the Forest of Dean was completed in June 2013. The final celebration event organised by Joanne and Jason brought together members of the community with television researchers Prof John Cook, Dr Glen Creeber, Dr David Rolinson, with input from television producer Kenith Trodd. Working with the Rural Media Company, members of the Forest of Dean community, volunteers, PhD students, Potter scholars, TV producers and the Dean Heritage Centre, Joanne continues to be instrumental in influencing the project after she moved to the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at Warwick in 2013. For more detailed overview of this ongoing research go to the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies research themes pages here.
2013 The Project produced a set of Digital Stories, which can be viewed here on YouTube. The stories explore the community's relationship with Potter, his television works, the production of his drama on location in the Forest of Dean and his reception in the local press. They were produced by members of the public residing in the Forest of Dean with the assistance of Joanne Garde-Hansen, Hannah Grist and undergraduates of the University of Gloucestershire.
2010-2014 Hannah Grist at the University of Gloucestershire was supervised by Dr Joanne Garde-Hansen and successfully completed and was awarded her PhD for her project Media Heritage and Memory in the Museum: Managing Dennis Potter’s Legacy in the Forest of Dean.
2013-2014 Joanne Garde-Hansen and Hannah Grist work on their manuscript that uses the Dennis Potter Heritage Project as a case study. This is published as Remembering Dennis Potter through Fans, Extras and Archives (Palgrave Pivot, 2014). An overview of the book can be found here.
2015 The University of Warwick and the University of Gloucestershire partner on an Impact project in the Forest of Dean. On July 18th 2015, the research team hosted an all day event entitled Dennis Potter in Place: The Beast with Two Backs....Is Back! The press release is here.
For regular updates and news on our ongoing collaborative research of the impact of Dennis Potter in the Forest of Dean see the Potter Matters blog.