Over the last 30 years, the History Project (full title - The British Entertainment History Project) has been recording the stories of working men and women in the UK film and television industry to ensure that their lives and experiences are preserved for future generations. These interviews tell us about the challenges they had to overcome, the skills they employed, the enduring human relationships they forged as Britain developed into one of the world’s major centres of the film and television industries. Consisting of nearly 700 recordings so far, it is one of the most extensive audio-visual archives of its kind in the world. For students, researchers and members of the public alike, it offers a unique insight and a link to a time when we made some memorable films and groundbreaking television programmes. Our work continues today.
The History Project is run by a group of volunteers who give their time and energy to undertake the filming, the interviewing, the logging, the transcribing and management of the collection. We want to build and add new material to our existing archive. We are currently filming interviews with the men and women who work in today’s entertainment industry.
We are very proud of the work we do and encourage everyone to explore and enjoy the work being done - to acquire, to archive and to provide access - to this unique national resource of cultural and social history.
We want to open up this rich historical legacy to as wide an audience as possible by harnessing the latest technology. Our main priority in the coming months is to develop easier and wider public access to our interviews. We believe we have an extremely important archive which is of worldwide interest .We are currently developing the potential of our website by starting to upload a selection of our interviews together with detailed transcripts so you can search for even more details about each interviewee. We are constantly exploring the exciting possibilities raised by the use of new technology and new applications to help us increase the effectiveness, relevance and longevity of the History Project and its archive. But we need your help. There is more to do than ever.
We welcome and encourage a variety of projects in collaboration with partners who are are keen to leverage and disseminate the wealth of social, cultural and historical information in our archives for the benefit of new audiences.
- British Cinema and Television Veterans
- Brunel University London
- Cinema and Television History Research Centre (CATH), De Montfort University
- De Montfort University
- London University (Goldsmiths College and Birkbeck College)
- University of East Anglia (UEA)
- University of Greenwich
- Women's Work in British Film & Television, 1933-1989
With thanks to the Cinema Museum for sourcing many of our photos.
How You Can Get Involved
Would you be interested in joining us to help develop this valuable collection?
Have you got any of these skills?
- Filming interviews
- Setting up, researching and conducting interviews with contributors
- Transcribing interviews
- Knowledge of web development and social media management
- Fundraising and promotion