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The media plays a central role in our perceptions and understanding of ourselves as individuals and social beings and our society. It acts as both a mirror of our hopes and fears and drives the cultural changes that lead to the future we imagine for ourselves. Research in the Film & TV department offers a critical perspective on contemporary media, stimulates innovative thinking and the development of innovative products in the sector, and gives a new public profile to Britain's rich cultural history from the invention of the moving image onwards.

Our work has played an important role in preserving the cultural heritage of women's television programming in Britain and conserving the built heritage of Twentieth-century Europe. It has increased public awareness of the history of British television in the late Twentieth century and highlighted the importance of visual imagery to creating and sustaining, and challenging, politcal authority.

Re-writing women's TV history

womenintvRachel Moseley, Associate Professor
Helen Wheatley, Associate Professor
A new history of television in post-war Britain, which includes the first close examination of shows made for and watched by women, has changed our ideas of television production culture since the 1950s. Wheatley and Moseley's research has preserved and made accessible original television footage, re-connected women with their TV viewing memories, and united today's media professionals with their predecessors in the industry.

Preserving Europe's built heritage for tomorrow

merlyn-evans-the-execution.jpgStephen Gundle
Professor of Film and TV Studies
Visual imagery, art, performance and architecture were central to how Benito Mussolini, Italy's fascist dictator, 1922-43, created and maintained his public persona. By highlighting the visual aspects which underpinned Mussolini's authority, Gundle's research has drawn attention to the way art can be used to sustain and challenge political authority. This has been brought to the public through an exhibition, documentary films and a cultural programme.

Our Impact

Increasing engagement with our cultural heritage

By introducing a new perspective on our television history to today’s media professionals

Developing civil society

Re-defining our relationship between creative practice and the media and our social lives

Improving cultural policies

Changing how the national media archives preserves their holdings and informing policies to conserve Europe's built heritage

Reflecting and bringing a critical perspective to visual media

Showing how imagery has been used to create, sustain and even challenge political authority

Supporting community art projects

Encouraging the development of grassroots initiatives and working with local arts organisations

Recent Media

Helen Wheatley talks to the Mail Online about the nation’s 'guilty pleasure' television, October 14th.

Helen Wheatley comments on Disney’s claim that it is harder to animate female characters because of their emotional range, in the Independent on Sunday, October 13th.

Helen Wheatley talks to BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire about grassroots film project KinoEgo, September 4th.

I am so glad that this has been done. It reveals the better nature of Italy which persisted under and around Fascism which is very valuable.

Visitor from Sydney, Australia to the Against Mussolini Exhibition, Estorick Collection, London, 2011.