Since 1987, volunteer members of The British Entertainment History Project have been quietly and painstakingly recording audio and camera interviews with men and women working in the British film, television, radio and theatre industries to ensure that their experiences are preserved for future generations.
The interviews tell us about the challenges they had to overcome, the skills they employed, and the enduring human relationships they forged as Britain developed into one of the world’s major centres of the entertainment industry.
Some interviews are more than 10 hours long and are important social documents of our time.
The project has now grown into a unique collection of some 700 interviews, including Sir Richard and David Attenborough, Lord David Puttnam, Sheila Hancock, Virginia Mckenna and hundreds of others from all walks of life who have worked in our entertainment industries over the last century. Among them are film editors, hair and make-up artists, actors, projectionists, writers and directors of photography to name a few.
Each interview is uploaded to the project’s new website (www.historyproject.org.uk) for use by students, researchers and anyone who wishes to know more about those who have worked in front of, or behind
the camera or microphone. Through these rare interviews, the project has tapped into a rich vein of anecdotal and historical evidence of working practices and experiences that could otherwise be lost over time.
The project welcomes suggestions for interviewees who have a story to tell and from individuals interested in assisting them with this fascinating and important work. All enquiries to the Project Secretary: Sue Malden at firstname.lastname@example.org .