About this website

Between 2013 and 2018, ADAPT – funded by the European Research Council (grant no. 323626) and based in the Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London – researched the history of British broadcast television technology between 1960 and the near-present.

Click here to read about the team behind the project.

There were two strands to the project. One strand investigated the history of television production technologies from 1960-2010, by reuniting retired television professionals with obsolete equipment they once used. We carried out filmed reconstructions of old technologies in use, and documented forgotten ways of making television.

Another strand investigated the growing use of social media tools and platforms as a television production technology. This aspect of the project investigated social media as a technology that not only enters the technological array of television production as an external force of creative disruption, but also extends our understanding of ‘production technologies’ to incorporate social media platforms as non-hardware, non-site specific production tools.

The project carried out a series of ground-breaking historical reenactment exercises. Retired television staff were reunited with obsolete television production technologies, and demonstrated the tools and techniques that defined their working lives.

With the cooperation of equipment restorers and television history enthusiasts, ADAPT filmed their efforts so that future generations might better understand the physical labour and technological innovation which enabled British television production from 1960 onwards.

This website is the gateway to our video collection. Here, you can view and download hundreds of videos which give a unique and fresh insight into historical television production. All of our videos, which are hosted on the repository platform Figshare, are released under a permissive Creative Commons licence. You are free to download, remix, and redistribute them as you wish.