Televising history: 1995- 2010

Lead Research Organisation: University of Lincoln
Department Name: Lincoln School of Humanities


Since the 1990s non-fiction history programming has flourished on British and other national television. This interdisciplinary project asks how do we get the kinds of television histories we do, and why. Starting with the relationship between the academy and media professionals, through commissioning and programme making, the study will explore the often competing professional discourses about how to 'do' history. Key sub-genres will be identified and analysis will examine how historical meanings are achieved. A small scale user study will be conducted in an educational context to explore the kinds of knowledge produced about the past.


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Bell E (2016) History on television Charisma, narrative and knowledge in European Journal of Cultural Studies