Our modern digital cameras recorded participants as their memories flooded back. They worked together as teams, recreating their roles in the complex television production chain. This hands on history approach captures the subtle dynamics of television labour, which cannot easily be revealed in the traditional interview.
Our reenactments combined free-flowing television production activity and semi-structured interviews. The the resulting video material sits somewhere between oral history and television documentary.
This use of hands on history is explored in our publications.
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How to use this website
We filmed hundreds of hours of footage during our reenactment experiments. We edited these rushes into many series of videos which offer an insight into each stage of the historical television production process.
All of the project’s videos are hosted on our Figshare repository, and many videos embedded in the pages of this website.
This site has just a few videos embedded in it. For our full collection of videos, please visit the project’s long-term data repository on the Figshare website. There you will find three versions of almost everything: short (i.e. bitesize); medium (i.e. highlights); long (i.e. real time).
A full catalogue of our video collections can be downloaded here.
All videos are downloadable for you to use as you wish. Downloads can take time depending on network speeds.