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The Centre, created in October 2000 with five years funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board, aims to enhance and extend the recent growth in high level academic research on British Film and Television. The Centre is a partnership between Birkbeck College, University of London; University of Brighton - South East Film and Video Archive; British Film Institute; Central St Martins School of Art; University of Exeter - Bill Douglas Centre; Royal College of Art; Sheffield Hallam University and University of Ulster.

The Centre will support the development of innovative research processes and encourage their application to:

  • Rare and neglected material held in a variety of film, television and video collections.
  • Empirical and historical investigation of the British film and television industry's relation to government policy.

The Centre has concentrated its funding on financing Junior and Senior Research Fellows over the five-year period of the award. Although some Senior fellowships have already been allocated, the Centre will be announcing the new posts, with relevant details, on this website as they are advertised. The fellows will work on the Centre’s research projects and be located in one of its partner institutions.

The Centre will:

  • Develop of new areas of knowledge through academic access to archival materials.
  • Introduce scholars from other disciplines and creative arts practitioners to film and television archive material and promote of interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Provide an authoritative contribution to the formation of public policy in Britain and Europe in the areas of film and broadcast media.

For more information on the background of the Centre, and how it was formed from the merger of two initial bids to the AHRB, see Laura Mulvey's article on the Centre's inception in the BUFVC's VIEWfinder magazine.

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