Project Team

David Hendy is Emeritus Professor of Media and Cultural History at the University of Sussex. He is a media historian, interested very broadly in the role of sound, images, and communication in different human cultures across time. He’s especially interested in the role of modern ‘mass’ media – radio, cinema, television, the internet – in shaping popular life and thought in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. His books include Radio in the Global Age (2000), Life on Air: A History of Radio Four (2007), which won the Longmans-History Today Book of the Year Award and was nominated for the Orwell Prize, Public Service Broadcasting (2013), Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening (2013), based on his 30-part Radio 4 series of the same name, and The BBC: A People’s History (2022), an authorised history published to coincide with the Corporation’s 2022 Centenary. David broadcasts regularly, and has written and presented numerous talks and documentaries for BBC Radio 3

Professor Margaretta Jolly is Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities, University of Sussex and directs the University’s Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research. Her specialisms include life writing, oral history and audio/visual story-telling, particularly as these have been used in women’s liberation and other social justice movements. She is editor of The Encyclopedia of Life Writing (Routledge, 2001) and author of Sisterhood and After: An Oral History of the UK Women’s Liberation Movement (OUP, 2019), based on the archive she helped create in partnership with Polly Russell at the British Library 2010-14. Alongside her work with the Connected Histories of the BBC project, she leads The Business of Women’s Words: Purpose and Profit in Feminist Publishing, partnered with The British Library and funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

Margaretta Jolly

Dr Ben Jackson

Professor Tim Hitchcock, Tim Hitchcock is Professor of Digital History at the University of Sussex, and from 2014 to 2021 served as co-director, and latterly, director of the Sussex Humanities Lab. He has published widely on the histories of the histories of poverty, gender and sexuality, focusing primarily on eighteenth-century London. With Professor Robert Shoemaker and others, he has also created a series of websites helping to give direct public access to primary sources evidencing the history of Britain and underpinning the evolution of a ‘new history from below’. These sites include The Old Bailey Online, 1674 to 1913 (; London Lives, 1690-1800 (; Locating London’s Past (; Connected Histories (; and The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925 ( For the Connected Histories of the BBC, he has overseen the development of the website, and with Dr Ben Jackson helped to develop the macroscope approach to data visualisation utilised here.

Tim Hitchcock

Denice Penrose is an information professional, and was the project administrator. She has an MSc in Information Science and is a chartered librarian, and has formerly managed multi-site libraries in FE settings. Denice has worked on the data structures in the project, including building a thesaurus and facetted syntax to aid searching. She has a particular interest in user friendly data tagging, and the synergy between human and AI tagging. She works on a range of other contracted and freelance projects, which include teaching, writing and other research projects.

Dr Anna-Maria Sichani is a media and cultural historian and a Digital Humanist. Her research interests include cultural and social aspects of transitional media(l) changes, born-digital archives, computational archival science, digital scholarly editing and publishing, open scholarship, open scholarly communication, research infrastructures and digital pedagogy. Previously, Anna-Maria held a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship as an Early Stage Researcher affiliated with the and she collaborated with a range of international digital humanities projects and networks. She is also a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. Anna-Maria is currently a Research Fellow in Media History and Historical Data Modelling working on the AHRC-funded ‘Connected Histories of the BBC’ project.

AnnaMaria Sichani
Anna-Maria Sichani

Dr Alban Webb , Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex. Alban is a modern British historian and author of the award-winning London Calling: Britain, the BBC World Service and the Cold War. He is Co-Investigator of the AHRC-funded Connected Histories of the BBC project and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His current research focuses on Cold War Britain and the role of public and cultural diplomacy in international relations.

John Hughes has more than 25 years experience as a journalist and has recently completed his Masters Degree in Digital Documentary at the University of Sussex. His previous experience includes working for the Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives Committee and the International Defence and Aid Fund. For the project John video edited some of the interviews, checked transcripts, written summaries, undertaken research, and worked on data input. He is a member of the Project Advisory Board.

John Hughes

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