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As Professor of Media History and Head of the Centre for Media History I lead the media history initiative at Bournemouth University. My main interest and expertise is the history of radio and I have in recent years moved from a particular focus on radio news and current affairs to the study of radio drama. I tend to focus on the work of one writer or producer (for example Sam Hanna Bell, Louis MacNeice, Samuel Beckett, Giles Cooper) but I have also attempted more over arching or theoretical commentaries on broadcasting (see my list of publications).

I am an active member of EMHIS, the European network around 'Entangled Media Histories' and accept the case for a more transnational approach to media history. The possibilities of a cultural history of broadcasting is also now on my mind.

I am very interested in radio archives and I chair the UK Radio Archives Advisory Committee which is partly a collaboration between Bournemouth (and other) universities and the British Library. As part of that initiative I am involved in public listening events at the BL in partnership with In The Dark...


Journal Articles




  • Chignell, H., 2022. Public listening to radio. In: The Radio Conference. 5-8 July 2016 Utrecht.
  • Chignell, H., 2019. Nesta Pain: the entangled producer. In: Entangled Media Histories 17 May-20 June 2017 University of Lund, Sweden.
  • Chignell, H., 2018. Public listening to radio. In: Transnational Radio Encounters 5-8 July 2016 Utrecht.
  • Chignell, H., Holland, M. and McCain, J., 2001. The use of online databases in a university broadcasting archive. Case studies of the construction of databases for BBC Radio 4's Analysis and ITV's This Week. In: Fraser, M., Nigel, W. and Deegan, M., eds. Digital evidence : selected papers from DRH2000, Digital Resources for the Humanities Conference September 2000 University of Sheffield. Office for Humanities Communication: London, 65-78.




External Responsibilities

  • University of Lund, Sweden, Visiting Fellow (2012-)
  • UK Radio Archives Advisory Committee, Chair and Founder member (2012-)

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • A CMH event in association with Sandbanks Community Group. This was a public lecture given by Gabriele Balbi, University of Lugano attended by 70 people including the university Chancellor.
  • To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the British radio dramatist, Giles Cooper, I am organising an event at the British Library on December 2nd 2016.
  • Corfe Hills School / Bournemouth University partnership, lead organiser

Conference Presentations

  • The Radio Conference, Radio drama's 'golden age'., 10 Jul 2018, University of Monash, Prato, Italy.
  • Media and Fear, Cold war fears in post war British radio drama, 16 Mar 2017, University of Lund


  • Fellow (F.R.Hist.S) (Royal Historical Society)


  • Centre for Media History, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, Honorary Associate Member,
  • MeCCSA, Member (2001-),
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