HP Voices

HP Voices is a collective 'online journal' consisting of all our members' blogs. (As part of full membership of the History Project, every member has the opportunity exclusive use of their own blog to write articles, essays, notes on research, or other content they may wish to share.) Please note that all opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the British Entertainment History Project.


Mike Dick

There are many reasons why knowing our history is important, and this is particularly so for trade unionists and trade unions.

In this era of YouTube, the iPhone, 3 D movies, Facebook, ultra high definition television , the BECTU History Project links us to a time when we worked in a different way. It tells the stories of the workers in our industry over the last 100 years – it tells about the challenges they had to overcome, the skills they developed, the enduring human relationships they forged as Britain developed into one of the world’s major centres of the film and television industry.

Simon Rose

50 Years of British TV Documentaries: A Diary of Decline, by a film editor - Simon Rose 2014

With his unique perspective of 50 years working in documentaries, Simon Rose describes the profound cultural and political changes that have transformed the genre.


Ian Noah

There has been some debate in oral history circles about the merit of full transcriptions over key word summaries. Summaries may certainly be quicker, demand limited resources, and prove useful for search engines, indexing and initial research purposes. However, there can be little doubt that - when it is possible and financially viable -  a full textual rendition of an entire interview recording fundamentally and exponentially enhances the value of the recordings by providing a substantial number of additional and important benefits:-

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Representatives from the History Project and BECTU welcome Kaleidoscope's recognition of the project's work. Celebrating the achievements of the History Project: l to r, Sue Malden, HP secretary, Chris Perry, Kaleidoscope, Martin Sheffield, HP committee (obscured), Roy Lockett, Roy Fowler and Martin Spence, assistant general secretary. Pic: Mark Shuttleworth.

BECTU's History Project was honoured with a Lifetime Contribution to Broadcasting award at a ceremony at BAFTA on 23 October.

The award, presented by industry organisation, Kaleidoscope, is designed to honour an individual, in any capacity e.g. writer, producer, artiste, administrator, or an organisation, operating in broadcasting for 20 years or more.