This England - - Contents - DEREK THREADGALL

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.his­to­rypro­ 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 sue.malden@bt­in­ter­ .

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