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Biography

I joined Bournemouth University in September 2012 initially as a Senior Lecturer in Radio Production and also to develop the new BA History degree. Prior to this, I worked at the BBC for 24 years, mainly as a Senior Producer on Radio 4 Woman's Hour. As well as being a radio practitioner, I have always been passionate about history, in particular women's history, and in 2005 I began studying part-time for a PhD at Goldsmiths. My thesis: 'On an Equal Footing with Men? Women and Work at the BBC 1922-1939’ was completed in 2011. After leaving the BBC in 2011, I worked as Guest Curator for the exhibition 'The Long March to Equality: Treasures of the Women's Library’ which marked the transfer of the Library to the LSE. My book 'Behind the Wireless: An Early History of Women at the BBC' was published by Palgrave Macmillan in April 2016.

Research

I am currently researching a number of issues connected with women and the BBC in the 1920s and 30s. This includes women as broadcasters, such as Mrs Edna Thorpe. Also, women and transnational broadcasting, particularly Isa Benzie and Janet Quigley's role in the Foreign Department. I am also looking at BBC women's programmes from both a literary and transnational perspective.

Journal Articles

  • Murphy, K., 2016. ‘New and important careers’: how women excelled at the BBC, 1923–1939. Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources.
  • Murphy, K., 2016. “Brightening their leisure hours”? The experiment of BBC Women’s Hour, 1923-1925. Women's History Review, forthcoming.
  • Murphy, K., 2015. Book Review: Historical Dictionary of British Radio, Second Edition. Media History, Volume 21, 2015 (Issue 4), 502-504.
  • Murphy, K., 2015. Book Review: Elinor Glyn as Novelist, Movie Maker, Glamour Icon and Businesswoman by Vincent L. Barnett and Alexis Weedon. Women's History, 2 (1), 30.
  • Murphy, K., 2014. Book Review: Hacks and Dons: Teaching at the London University Journalism School 1919-1939: Its Origin, Development and Influence by Fred Hunter. Women's History Magazine, 1 (74), 35-36.
  • Murphy, K., 2014. A Marriage Bar of Convenience? The BBC and Married Women's Work 1923-1939. Twentieth Century British History, 1-29.
  • Murphy, K., 2008. Bursting out of the Archives: Women in the BBC, 1922-1939. Business Archives: Sources and History, 37-52.
  • Murphy, K., 2002. "Woman's Hour at the Women's Library". Women's History Review, 11 (2), 169-174.

Books

Chapters

  • Murphy, K., 2014. From Women's Hour to Other Women's Lives: BBC Talks for Women and the Women who Made Them, 1923-1939. In: Andrews, M. and McNamara, S., eds. Women and the Media. Feminism and Femininity in Britain, 1900 to the Present. London: Routledge, 31-46.

Conferences

  • Murphy, K., 2017. Talking as a 'typical housewife': Mrs Edna Thorpe and the BBC, 1935-1951. In: Social History Conference 4-6 April 2017 University College London.
  • Murphy, K., 2017. “On the same footing as men"? Recruitment, mobility and pay at the BBC, 1923-32. In: Women's Work during the First World War and Interwar Years: Workshop and Study Day 27 January 2017 Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Murphy, K., 2016. "New and important careers': how women excelled at the BBC, 1923-1939. 18-27.
  • Murphy, K., 2016. ‘She is known in every European capital’: Isa Benzie and the Foreign Department of the BBC, 1927-38. In: The Radio Conference, 2016 5-8 July 2016 University of Utrecht.
  • Murphy, K., 2016. ‘Literary’ Women: Behind the Scenes at the BBC, 1923-1939. In: Literature and the BBC, 1922 to 1955 15 June 2016 University of Edinburgh.
  • Murphy, K., 2016. ‘Outside the common round of household drudgery’? Modernity and Women’s Talks in the Interwar Years. In: RADIO MODERNISMS Features, Cultures and the BBC 19 May 2016 British Library.
  • Murphy, K., 2014. “An undoubted success”: Women, Work and the BBC in the Second World War. In: Women's History Network Annual Conference 5-7 September 2014 University of Worcester.
  • Murphy, K., 2014. ‘The voice of the ordinary average listener? Mrs Edna Thorpe and BBC Talks in the Inter-war Years’. In: MeCCSA 8-10 January 2014 University of Bournemouth.
  • Murphy, K., 2013. "Woman’s Hour: telling history, being history, making history…". In: Whose History is it Anyway?: Public History in Perspective 5-6 September 2013 University of Central Lancashire,Preston.
  • Murphy, K., 2013. “Vigorous and various contributions”: Women’s Voices on the BBC, 1923-1939. In: The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum 9-12 July 2013 University of Bedfordshire.
  • Murphy, K., 2013. "Private v public: Revealing the BBC life of Hilda Matheson". In: Centre for Media History Conference on Ethical Dimension of Media History: European Perspectives 9-10 May 2013 University of Bournemouth.
  • Murphy, K., 2012. "From The Week in Westminster to What we Pay Rates For: the BBC, Citizenship and Women’s Talks, 1923-1939". In: Women's History Network 21st Annual Conference: Women State and Nation: Creating Gendered Identities 7-9 September 2012 University of Glamorgan.
  • Murphy, K., 2011. “…the strain of combining married life with office work.” What the BBC Marriage Bar tells us about married women’s lives in the inter-war years. In: Women's History Network 20th Annual Conference: Looking Back, Looking Forward 9-11 September 2011 Women's Library, London.
  • Murphy, K., 2009. "Miss Somerville and Miss Sprott: Separate but Equal? Women in the Early BBC". In: Women's History Network 18th Annual Conference: Women, Gender and Political Spaces: Historical Perspectives 11-13 September 2009 St Hilda's College, University of Oxford.
  • Murphy, K., 2007. "Bursting out of the Archive: Women in the BBC 1922-1945". In: Business Archives Council Annual Conference: Initiatives and Innovation: Business Archives Today and Tomorrow 13 November 2007 Barclays HQ, Canary Wharf.
  • Murphy, K., 2007. "The BBC Marriage Bar: Contradictions within a New Industry". In: Women and Employment in 20th Century Britain 26-27 March 2007 The British Postal Museum and Archive.

Internet Publications

PhD Students

  • Kathryn Terkanian (Wartime, Women and the BBC)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • BA History: Level 6: Dissertation Supervision
  • BA History: Level 6: Women's Hour: Being History, Making History, Telling History
  • BA History: Level 5: Women and Equal Rights 1850-2000
  • BA (Hons) Radio: Level 5 - Advanced Radio Production
  • BA (Hons) Radio: Level 6 - Developing Concepts for Radio
  • BA (Hons) History: Level 4 - History in the Public World
  • BA (Hons) History: Level 4 - Being an Historian, Part One: Concepts and Methods
  • BA (Hons) History: Level 4 - Media, Communications and Society in Britain, Part One, 1500-1900

Invited Lectures

  • Lytchett Lecture Series
  • Women's Work: women's employment in the First World War and Interwar Years' workshop and study day
  • Centre for Media History, Macquarie University, Sydney: "How Girls Make Good in Radio": Surprising Stories of the Early BBC
  • ‘Woman's Hour: Telling History, Being History, Making History’. University of Sussex, Centre for Life History & Life Writing Research, 22 May 2014

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Interview: BBC Radio 4 Last Word: Obituary to Dorothy Torry
  • Expert panel, ‘Women in the Media Industries: Inputs & Influences’ MeCCSA Women's Media Studies Network
  • Talk at Lytchett Lecture Series: Inspire, Challenge, Enthuse at Lytchett Minster School, Poole
  • Interview: BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour on Mary Adams, first woman TV produce
  • Talk at Chalke Valley History Festival on 'Radio Women: History through the BBC'
  • Talk at BBC Broadcasting House to BBC Alumni on early women at the BBC
  • Interview: BBC Radio Solent,talking about new book Behind the Wireless
  • Article for BBC News Online Magazine: Viewpoint: The pioneering women of the BBC's early years
  • Interview: BBC Radio 4 'Woman's Hour, talking about new book 'Behind the Wireless: A History of Early Women at the BBC
  • Interview: ABC, Radio National, Australia: interview on 'Life Matters' about early BBC women
  • Interview: 2ser Sydney, national community radio, 'The Wire' programme - interview about early BBC women
  • Masterclass, Macquarie University, Sydney: Writing media history: an insider/outsider view
  • Public Lecture at Macquarie University, Sydney: "How Girls Make Good in Radio": Surprising Stories of the Early BBC
  • Interview: BBC 'Woman's Hour, guest on special New Year's Day edition to launch the programme's 70th birthday. January 2016
  • Speaker at the BBC event: "A Celebration of Women in Radio” September 2015
  • Interview: BBC 'Woman's Hour, guest on special programme on 1920s women. May 2013
  • Interview: BBC Solent to mark the centenary of the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison. June 2013
  • Interview: BBC World Service 'Weekend' programme on Sheila Borrett, first woman radio announcer. July 2013
  • Interview: BBC Radio 4 'Today' programme on Sheila Borrett, first woman radio announcer. July 2013
  • Sound Women podcast on 'An Audio Education' April 2014
  • Consultant / researcher, The Woman's Hour Collection, selected archive recordings, 2013
  • Guest Curator, “The Long March to Equality: Treasures of The Women’s Library’, October 2012 - March 2013
  • Editorial, Women's History Magazine
  • Coordinator, BAC Wadsworth Prize for Business History

Networks

  • Centre for Media History, WREN: Women's Radio in Europe Network, Sound Women, Women in Film and Television Network, Southern Broadcasting History Group, Friends of the Women's Library, Fawcett Society,

Conference Presentations

  • Social History Conference, Talking as a 'typical housewife': Mrs Edna Thorpe and the BBC, 1935-51, 4 April 2017, University College London
  • Women's Work during the First World War and Interwar Years: Study Day and Workshop, “On the same footing as men"? Recruitment, mobility and pay at the BBC, 1923-32, 27 January 2017, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Women's History Network Annual Conference, the strain of combining married life with office work.” What the BBC Marriage Bar tells us about married women’s lives in the inter-war years, 9 September 2011, The Women's Library, London
  • Women's History Network Conference, From The Week in Westminster to What we Pay Rates For: the BBC, Citizenship and Women’s Talks, 1923-1939, 7 September 2012, Univeristy of Cardiff
  • Centre for Media History Conference, Private v public: Revealing the BBC life of Hilda Matheson, 10 May 2013, Bournemouth University
  • The Radio Conference, 2013, Vigorous and various contributions”: Women’s Voices on the BBC, 1923-1939’, 9 July 2013, University of Bedford
  • Whose History is it Anyway? Public History in Perspective, Woman’s Hour: telling history, being history, making history…, 5 September 2013, UCLAN
  • MeCCSA, ‘The voice of the ordinary average listener? Mrs Edna Thorpe and BBC Talks in the Inter-war Years’, 8 January 2014, Bournemouth University
  • Women's History Network Annual Conference, “An undoubted success”: Women, Work and the BBC in the Second World War, 4 September 2015, University of Kent
  • Gendered Labour and Media, ‘New and important careers …’ How women excelled at the BBC, 1923-1939, 16 February 2016, Macquarie University, Sydney Australia
  • Radio Modernisms: Features, Cultures and the BBC, ‘Outside the common round of household drudgery’? Modernity and Women’s Talks in the Interwar Years, 19 May 2016, British Library
  • Literature and the BBC, ‘Literary’ Women: Behind the Scenes at the BBC, 1923-1939, 15 June 2016, University of Edinburgh
  • The Radio Conference, 2016, ‘She is known in every European capital’: Isa Benzie and the Foreign Department of the BBC, 1927-38, 5 July 2016, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands

Qualifications

  • PhD in History (University of London, 2011)

Honours

  • Fellowship (Higher Education Authority, 2016)
  • PhD "On an Equal Footing with Men?" Women and Work at the BBC, 1923-1939 http://eprints.gold.ac.uk/6536/1/HIS_thesis_Murphy_2011.pdf (Universityof London, 2011)

Memberships

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