Media History

You could get a fully funded PhD, plus get extra money for living expenses through the Midlands3Cities Arts and Humanities scholarships, to study with the Media History team housed within the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research.

The Media History team explores how individuals and organisations are documenting their practice and exploring possibilities around archives, particularly in the online space. Our work includes studies of online communities, the work of organisations in the music industries, and the role of media in projects in developing new markets for heritage and tourism.

Dr Paul Long, author of 'Only in the Common People: The Aesthetic of Class in Post-War Britain’, has previously led research projects around cultural policy and music education and is currently developing a new strand of research around music archives, heritage and tourism. He was worked collaboratively with Prof. Tim Wall, who leads the research centre, on a number of historical studies of popular music culture, most notably their growing body of work on the manner in which television deals with popular music's past.

Tim was also worked with Dr Nick Webber, whose doctoral thesis in medieval history has informed both his interest in cultural history and the work conducted with Tim on the 'cultural moment' of Rock and Roll. 

Dr Nick Gebhardt is an authority on the entertainment industry in the United States and is the author of 'Going For Jazz: Musical Practices and American Ideology'. He is currently researching Rock and Roll in American culture and developing new projects with Paul Long around music archives.

We welcome enquiries and expressions of interest from potential doctoral students who want to pursue a research degree in the areas described above. Students can work on traditional dissertations or practice-based research.