Centre for Media History

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School: Media School

UoA: UoA 36

Kathryn who is one of our PhD students  working at the BBC Written Archive in Caversham.

Kathryn who is one of our PhD students working at the BBC Written Archive in Caversham.

The Centre for Media History seeks to:

  • Stimulate an interest in media history
  • Develop partnerships with national and international partners to promote the study of media history
  • Work for the preservation of media and specifically broadcasting archives
  • Develop new ways of incorporating media history into teaching and learning
  • Bid for research grants to further our aims
  • Provide a stimulating and supportive environment for postgraduate researchers.

Commercial radio digitization projects

These publicly funded projects digitized large collections of ‘independent local radio’ (or commercial radio) and has produced a resource which is now available online at the BUFVC website www.bufvc.ac.uk.

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Independent Radio Sharing Archive

Independent Radio Sharing Archive The Felicity Wells Memorial Collection of Independent Radio (1973-1990) brings together materials originally created as the Independent Local Radio (ILR) Sharing Scheme for which those working in features, drama, music and news departments of commercial radio could offer their work to be used throughout the UK. (funded by the AHRC).

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Independent Radio Sharing Archive

LBC/Independent Radio News Archive

This resource brings together some 4,000 hours of content from the collections of the London Broadcasting Company/ Independent Radio News Archive, from its beginnings in 1973 up to 1995. (funded by the JISC Digitisation Programme).

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Independent Radio Sharing Archive

ILR South

This resource, approximately 1300 individual programmes, is a unique opportunity to listen again to programmes that were deposited with the Wessex Film and Sound Archive (WFSA) at the Hampshire Record Office in Winchester by independent local radio stations (ILRs) in the Central Southern (Dorset, Hampshire and Berkshire) area. (funded by the AHRC).

The ITA/IBA/Cable Authority archive

The paper archive of the former regulators of commercial broadcasting from 1955 are held at Bournemouth University. The archive acquisition and oversight are the responsibility of the Centre for Media History. The archive has become a major resource for broadcasting historians http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/library/using-the-library/ita-iba.html.

Hugh Chignell talking about the importance and use of of radio archives.




  • Professor Hugh Chignell
    Director of the Centre for Media History
  • Dr Kristin Skoog
    Assistant Director of the Centre for Media History
  • Dr Kate Murphy
    Senior Lecturer in Radio Production
  • Maike Helmers
    Senior Lecturer in Sound Design and Editing
  • Patricia Holland
  • Dr Ieuan Franklin
  • Tony Stoller (PhD student)
  • Kathryn McDonald (PhD student)
  • Gloria Khamkar (PhD student)
  • John Devlin (PhD student)

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