On the periphery: archive film, public history and memory in places and spaces on the borders of London

English, Angela (2020) On the periphery: archive film, public history and memory in places and spaces on the borders of London. Doctoral thesis, Birmingham City University.

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Abstract

This thesis offers an exploration of how local archive film is used in public history engagement and practice to create affective experiences of cultural and personal memory in peripheral spaces and places around London. Moving image archives are in general under documented and appear to sit outside a traditional archival discourse and the thesis addresses this in order to explore and uncover neglected issues around film archives. The thesis examines the relationship of this film material to place and life on the periphery of London. The thesis also examines how the film archive sector in the UK has functioned both historically and currently to shape, enact and deliver strategies to facilitate or hinder public history practice with archive film. I examine how affective experiences are made possible by exploring institutional issues and consider the role of the film archivist in public history work with film archives, through a series of interviews with practitioners in the sector and through an exploration of my own career. Audience studies explore the possibilities of creative practice and radical intervention with archive film in terms of place and locality. As a result of the interviews and the audience studies a plethora of voices create a narrative mapping the sector. Much of the film material used for the research comes from the London Screen Study Collection which is an archive of 1400 moving image titles based at Birkbeck College, University of London and for this reason London and its peripheries is the case study for the thesis. Accessibility, value and the impact of film archives in a digital culture are all areas of interest. I argue for the value of archive film in the creation of affective experiences of cultural and personal memory by exploring institutional issues and considering the role of the film archivist/practitioner in public history work with film archives.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Dates:
DateEvent
February 2020Submitted
28 July 2020Accepted
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public History; Memory; Archive Film; London
Subjects: CAH24 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01-05 - media studies
Divisions: Doctoral Research College > Doctoral Theses Collection
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Media and English > Birmingham School of Media
Depositing User: Jaycie Carter
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2022 13:17
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2022 13:17
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13326

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