Jan Lewis

Dr Jan Lewis

  • jlewis at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Visiting Fellow
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Dr Jan Lewis is a Visiting Fellow attached to the Department of Humanities and Law, Faculty of Media and Communication, Bournemouth University. Her research examines the role of professional archaeologists as expert contributors to BBC radio, focusing on the period between the BBC's inception in 1922, up to the mid-1960s. She is interested particularly in the central role of radio in the public communication of archaeology, and the mutually-advantageous relationship between the developing professions of archaeology and radio production. The research also demonstrates the potential of radio history to illuminate the role of female archaeologists as public intellectuals, and to foreground their role in the social history of radio, as well as in archaeological historiography.

As an early career researcher, Jan is currently working on the publication of a paper and a monograph out of her PhD, and is also an active member of BU's History Research Group.

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Journal Articles

  • Lewis, J., 2024. The Archaeology Profession and Broadcasting after the Second World War: Tracing the Development of the BBC Radio Series "The Archaeologist", 1946-1966. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology (forthcoming).
  • Lewis, J., 2024. Adventures in Sound. Rhoda Power, Archaeology and Schools Radio, 1941-1945. (Manuscript submitted for publication 2023). Women's History Review, forthcoming special issue: "Addressing the Nation".

Internet Publications

  • Lewis, J., 2023. Resurrecting Dina Dobson: Archaeologist, Educator and Radio Broadcaster. Women's History Network.



  • Lewis, J., 2018. Projection Through Sound: The Role of BBC Radio Archaeology Programmes in the 'Projection of Britain'. In: Doctoral College Conference, Bournemouth University, 7th March 2018.
  • Lewis, J., 2016. Sounding Out The Past. In: Doctoral College Conference, Bournemouth University, 9th March 2016.

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Participant, Women's History Network Conference (02 Sep 2022-03 Sep 2022)
  • Invited panel member, Computer Applications in Archaeology Annual Conference (11 Dec 2020)

Conference Presentations

  • MeCCSA (Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association), Digging Around in Public Service Radio. BBC Archaeology Broadcasts - Looking from the Past to the Future, 04 Sep 2023, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • BBC Evolutions Conference, From Mesopotamia to 'Everyday Life in England': Excavating 1920s Radio Archaeology, 16 Nov 2022, Bournemouth University
  • BBC at 100 Symposium, The Role of Archaeology in BBC Radio Features during the 1940s and 50s, 13 Sep 2022, National Science and Media Museum, Bradford
  • History Research Group Symposium - The Cold War and Popular Culture, From Archaeology to Aldermaston: Jacquetta Hawkes and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, 02 Jul 2021, Online
  • History Research Group, Morale, Education and Reconstruction. The Role of BBC Radio Archaeology Programmes in the Second World War, 05 Feb 2020, Bournemouth University
  • Entangled Media Histories Network Forum, Report on ongoing research, 14 May 2019, Gregynog Conference Centre, Powys, mid Wales
  • Doctoral College Conference, Bournemouth University, What Makes a "suitable expert"? Professional Collaborations on BBC Schools Radio, 07 Mar 2018, Bournemouth University
  • Faculty of Media and Communication Postgraduate Research Conference, "Proper experts" and "ingenious cranks". Communicating Archaeology to the British Public via the Medium of Radio, 01 Nov 2017, Bournemouth University
  • Research Forum, University of Lund, Report on ongoing research, 13 Mar 2017, University of Lund, Sweden
  • Archaeology Research Seminar, Faculty of Science and Technology, Sounding Out the Past: Digging Around in the BBC Radio Archives, 07 Mar 2017, Bournemouth University
  • Research Forum, University of Lund, Report on ongoing research, 18 Apr 2016, University of Lund
  • Faculty of Media and Communication Research Seminar, Digging Around in Radio, 16 Mar 2016, Bournemouth University


  • PhD in Social History of Radio/History of Archaeology (Bournemouth University, 2022)
  • Professional Diploma in Health Services Management (Institute of Health Services Management, 1991)
  • BA (Hons) in Archaeology (York University, 1984)


  • Awarded the 2023 MeCCSA Outstanding Achievement Award for my thesis entitled "Mediating the Past: BBC Radio Archaeology Broadcasting, 1922-1966". (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association)


  • Society for Medieval Archaeology, Member (2022-),
  • Women's History Network, Member (2022-),


  • Entangled Media Histories Network