New Cultural Producers of Nature's Value: Exploring the Role of Britain's Wildlife filmmaking Sector in Partnership with the BBC Natural History Unit

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

Abstract

This project examines the value of nature, particularly its wildlife component, as an object of production and distribution. It focuses on the role of wildlife/nature filmmaking in the cultural production of ecosystem values over the past quarter-century, with special emphasis on the decade since the launch of Springwatch (2005). The history and culture of wildlife filmmaking since 1990 awaits significant scholarly scrutiny. Our aim is to generate new knowledge of how values for nature are created and disseminated by examining actors within this high profile branch of Britain's cultural industry.

Publications

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Description Academic conference presentation: annual conference, European Society for Environmental History (Zagreb): Title: From charismatic megafauna to charismatic minifauna: creating new values for nature through wildlife filmmaking at the BBC Natural History Unit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Over 50 academics from various countries attended a talk that promoted discussion about changes in the content of wildlife filmmaking over the past 25 years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description How Blue Planet changed TV & the way we look at the oceans 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Interview posted on research council (AHRC) website (Features section) about the original Blue Planet series (2001) at the time of the screening of Blue Planet II, drawing on research materials gathered for the 'New Cultural Producers of Nature's Value' project, including the oral history interview programme integral to the project. This feature has generated inquiries about the project as a whole.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/research/readwatchlisten/features/peter-coates-how-blue-planet-changed-tv-and-...
 
Description Paper at workshop (Northumbria University, Environmental Humanities group): paper title: From landmark to Springwatch: new trends in natural history filmmaking 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop talk that presented preliminary findings of the research project, promoting discussion regarding the role of filmmakers in the attachment of certain values to different areas of the natural world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Peter Coates interview: how Blue Planet (II) caught the nation's attention 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Interview about project research findings posted on Features area of funding body (AHRC) website during the time that Blue Planet II was being screened (December 2017),
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/research/readwatchlisten/features/peter-coates/
 
Description Turning the lens on the BBC's Natural History Unit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Feature publicizing project, including quotes from project participants, posted on the 'News' area of the funding body (AHRC) website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/newsevents/news/turning-the-lens-of-the-bbc-s-natural-history-unit/