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Name: Angela English

PhD:  Birmingham City University, Art, Design and Media

Thesis Title: On the periphery: film, place and transformation in London's outer boroughs.


Thesis Description: The London Screen Study Collection (LSSC) is the core resource for my project. This accessible reference library of viewing copies of moving image material made in or about London was launched at Birkbeck College in 2007. The LSSC has been at the forefront of collecting unique and often unseen London archive footage over a 10 year period. There are currently 1400 discrete titles. There has been little detailed research into what Christie (2015) calls 'merely local film' and its impact on individuals, communities and wider urban perspectives.

My research will draw upon the LSSC with particular reference to archive film of the outer London boroughs and will address the following questions:

How might archive film play a role in public history practice?

  1. How has archive film been employed as a tool for public history engagement?
  2. What role might archive film play in exploration of collective and personal memory of suburban life in London?
  3. What is the role of the film archivist in public history work with film archives?



Supervisors and Institution(s) Professor Paul Long (BCU) ; Dr. James Mansell (U of Nottingham); Dr Richard Hornsey (U of Nottingham)



'Jewish Mothers on Film' in For Generations: Jewish Motherhood (ed. Mandy Ross and Ronne Randall) Five Leaves Press 2005

Screening Our Memories: archive film and reminiscence toolkit 2011  (co-author Jenny Davison)



MA in Cinema and TV History

PG Cert in Research Practice


Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

2006-2015  Research and Development Officer, London Screen Study Collection, Birkbeck College, University of London

2003-2016  Associate Lecturer in Film and TV, Birkbeck College University of London

2010-2011 Project Manager, 'Screening Our Memories'- film and reminiscence pilot project.

2000-2003 Head of Education Projects Development Unit, British Film Institute

February 2017 Co -organizer BCMCR seminar 'Transformations in the Archive'. 

February 2017 Presented my research at the above seminar to the BCMCR community.

July 2017   Presented at the 'Beyond Borders' conference at BCU- exhibition of archive film and short presentation.

July 2017  Lead on Talking Heads 2017- CDF Media Training event for PhD students at BCU.

October 2017 Appointed as Visiting Teacher at BCU.


Other Research Interests: 

Film History; TV Studies; Jewish Film; Media Studies



University email address: Angela.


Twitter:  @AngelaE99258435


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