Remembering Television

Research project key facts
Project title Remembering Television
School Arts
Department Drama: Theatre, Film, Television
Dates 05 April 2013 - 05 February 2015
Funder British Academy
Contact Dr Helen Piper

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This study is designed to build on and inform conceptual work in the field of television and memory by exploring how private individuals remember past television programmes, particularly those that date from the heyday of collective viewing that is often associated with light entertainment. From the point of mass domestic ownership to the arrival of the video era (1960-1985), television broadcasting enjoyed a centrality in British culture that remains unparalleled by any other medium or cultural practice, and during this time light entertainment shows set the agenda for daily and weekly leisure routines and everyday conversation. The proposed project will stage public engagement social events during which participants will be invited to watch and discuss clips of shows and respond to other memorabilia, and then to produce memory 'texts' of their own experiences. These memory texts will be analysed in an article exploring how remembered programmes may shape and inform private reminiscences, and will form the basis of a public exhibition on television and nostalgia.

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