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17 June 2022

Lynn Spigel's TV AlbumLink opens in a new window

We wanted to draw your attention to Lynn Spigel’s wonderful TV Album, an online archive of ‘TV snapshots’ alongside her recent book TV Snapshots: An Archive of Everyday Life (Duke University Press 2022).

17 December 2021

Happy Christmas from the Centre for Television HistoriesLink opens in a new window

Television is central to the British experience of Christmas, and its consumption is as much a part of the seasonal rituals as decking the halls. We know its peak television, right now, and there’s already so much available to watch over the festive period, but we wanted to share a few of our favourites from Christmas TV’s past.

27 October 2020

Foleshill Screenings

A post by Kat Pearson

Coventry’s upcoming City of Culture year is already providing opportunities for public engagement with culture and history in the city. Towards the end of 2019 I started working with the Media Archive for Central England (MACE), Foleshill Community Centre, and a colleague from Coventry University to plan a film screening in the Community Centre in connection with the opening of the new social supermarket. Read more.Link opens in a new window

18 May 2020

Misha Yakovlev: an introduction to my researchLink opens in a new window

A post by Misha Yakovlev

Today, I find myself in Term 3 of my first year of PhD research at the Department of Film and Television, University of Warwick. Last week, I delivered a paper summarising my research to date and a provisional [this cannot be stressed enough!] roadmap for the future to an internal postgraduate conference[ held on Microsoft Teams due to COVID-19]. This blog is based on that paper. Read more.Link opens in a new window

4 May 2020

Coventry 2021: Engaging with the Television ArchiveLink opens in a new window

A post by Kat Pearson

I’m in my first year of a PhD in the department, studying television archives and UK Cities of Culture. Coventry will be the third ever UK city of culture in 2021 and the University of Warwick is one of the principle project partners, so it’s a really exciting time to be working in the city. My research is shaped by the fact that I am studying for a Collaborative Doctoral Award meaning that it is jointly supervised by the University of Warwick, the Media Archive for Central England (MACE)Link opens in a new window, and IlluminationsLink opens in a new windowproduction company. I was really drawn to this way of working because it gives me the opportunity to combine research with understanding how television archives operate and are used outside of academia. Read more.Link opens in a new window

February 2020

What do we make of the television archive?

A post by Helen Wheatley

There are lots of ways to interpret and answer this deceptively simple question. Being asked what we make of something is often an idiomatic invitation to discuss how we think or feel about it. It invites a sharing of opinion and opens up a process of evaluation. In broad terms, who the ‘we’ is in this question determines what we make of the television archive. As an academic historian of television, and director of the Centre of Television Histories, it might be assumed that the ‘we’ in this question is me and other television historians. What this ‘we’ make of the television archive is fairly well-documented. Read more.Link opens in a new window

July 2019

Community Engagement and the Television Archive

A post by the Centre for Television Histories's Research Assistant, Katie Crosson

In July a workshop took place at the Centre for Television Histories that saw exceptionally stimulating discussion from some of 2019’s most eminent television historians and archivists. The day’s lead organiser, Helen Wheatley (University of Warwick) emphasised that both these groups of people who are engaged in and with television’s history are ona shared journey. Throughout two sessions comprising of presentations and discussion, we asked why television history is important, who we want to engage in the stories and processes of television history, how this work could be done, and where said work would take place. Read moreLink opens in a new window

March 2016

Centre's response to the changes at the National Media Museum, Bradford

A messageLink opens in a new window from Joanne Garde-Hansen, Rachel Moseley, and Helen Wheatley.