Media history group
The Media History Group draws on Westminster’s expertise in the social history of media and public service broadcasting in particular. It is led by Jean Seaton.
Jean Seaton, the BBC’s official historian, continues to work on British broadcasting history and policy, most notably the sixth volume (1974-87) in the official history of the BBC, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the AHRC and the BBC. This will be published in 2014 alongside three other key pieces on the BBC and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the BBC and Northern Ireland and the work of Asa Briggs.
Also in the group, Anthony McNicholas has worked on Ireland, nationalism and broadcasting, and Amanda Wrigley’s research focuses on the cultural programming of BBC Radio from the 1920s to the 1960s, and the work of Louis MacNeice in particular.
The Group uses archives and oral history to consider questions of public service, the enlightenment project, the history of the BBC and its impact on media and public life. Through its engagement with public institutions, policy-makers, politicians and regulators, it intersects closely with the activities of the Media Policy and Industries Group.