For the past three years MACE have been fortunate to have two PhD researchers working with our collections through the University of Leicester’s School of Historical Studies.
Gillian Murray initially studied at the University of Edinburgh gaining a MA (Hons) in History with Scottish History Studies and an MSc in Material and Visual Cultures of the Past and has been researching a PhD in Women and the Work of Cultural Production to ATV’s Regional News, 1956 to 1968 since 2009.
Gillian is an experienced history researcher with a strong research profile in the social and cultural history of twentieth-century Britain. Her principal research interest lies in the development of visual technologies in the twentieth century, especially film and television, and the potential for the visual images and objects they produce to provide historical evidence of the process of social and cultural change over time.
In her doctoral research Gillian is interested in the cultural production of ‘ordinary people’ visible in the regional television news. Using MACE’s ITV regional collection of ATV news from 1956 to 1968 Gillian has, in her words explored ‘…the significance of greater numbers of women entering the labour force in the 1950s and 1960s’, and concluding that ‘…the married, part-time worker was vital to normalising the place of women in the workplace. In turn, this suggests a more rapid pace of social change than had previously been identified in this field. ‘
An article by Gillian has been published in July’s quarterly edition of the Journal of British Cinema and Television (pub. Edinburgh University Press) under the heading Working Women, Women’s Work: Production, History, Gender introduced by Vicky Ball and Melanie Bell.
Gillian’s article Glamour and Aspiration: Women’s Employment and the Establishment of Midlands ATV, 1956-1968 examines the jobs women did during this period and their chances for promotion.
In writing the article, Gillian drew on some of MACE’s vast ITV regional Collection, specifically Midlands News and Midland Montage. The original full programmes no longer exist as they were broadcast, MACE holds the pre-recorded film inserts that were transmitted between live studio links. With the exception of production diaries which briefly headline the films that were broadcast on the day, production files for these programmes no longer exist. However, Gillian found in her research that the ‘film inserts remain valuable for analysing the contours of television production. They provide evidence of the topics covered and the imagery used in the news stories.‘ Gillian contextualised the film inserts using union reports from the Association of Cinematograph and Television Technicans (ACTT), the TV Times and the staff newspaper ATV Newsheet.
Gillian specifically refers to two films in the article:
Midlands News: 09.10.1957: Nuneaton Interviews:
Midlands News: 29.03.1960: Pat Cox at the Ideal Homes Exhibition
READ THE ARTICLE
You can purchase Gillian’s article to download a PDF through the Edinburgh University Press’ Website HERE
Top Image shows Pat Cox in Nuneaton 1957 (c) ITV