A History of Television for Women in Britain, 1947-89
AHRC Funded 3 Year Research Project Collaboration between Warwick and De Montfort Universities.
This project is researching television programming made for and watched by women viewers during a significant period of British television history: 1947-1989. In this period television re-started after the war, commercial television was introduced, followed by the introduction of BBC2 and Channel 4.
Despite the suggestive connection between the development of television as a domestic technology and changes in gender relations, there has been scant attention paid to this relationship over time. Television culture and its relationship to social change are examined, particularly in relation to the growth of consumer culture, increase in the female workforce, the re-organisation of family life, and the rise of the women's and civil rights movements during the research period.
To inform archivists about the programmes that have been important to women’s lives in order to influence the digitisation process.
To uncover and analyse important women’s programmes often regarded as ephemera, and the significant female professionals behind them, that have been written out of formal institutional histories.
To gather a bank of women’s memories about the role of television in their lives, before it is too late.
To use archive work and oral history work in combination towards a feminist historiographic agenda.
Dr Rachel Moseley (Principal Investigator, University of Warwick)
Dr Helen Wheatley (Co-investigator, University of Warwick)
Dr Helen Wood (Co-investigator, De Montfort University)
Dr Mary Irwin (Research fellow, University of Warwick)
Hazel Collie (PhD student, De Montfort University)
Television for Women: An International Conference
Where: University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
When: 15th-17th May 2013
Keynote Speakers: Charlotte Brunsdon, Christine Geraghty, Kathleen Karlyn and Lynn Spigel
A History of Television for Women in Britain, 1947-89 is funded by: