I am currently working on three interrelated projects:
1) Research into the ways in which economic knowledge has been visualised since 1945. (At the moment, with a particular focus on the use of cartoons and caricature.)
2) The political, cultural and iconographic legacy of the first and second industrial revolutions.
3) Current issues and innovations promoting the effective display of science and technology in contemporary museums.
Alternatively, I think and write about the role of artists and intellectuals in national life, the growth of Britain’s culture industries, the peculiar path of liberalism, changing ideas of organisational and macroeconomic management, the application and popular understandings of science and technology, and how the conception of (and experience of) democracy altered over the twentieth century.
I am currently setting up a Public History programme at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and was previously co-convenor of both the Public and Popular History seminar at the University of Cambridge (get sporadic updates on Twitter here) and the IHR’s Public History seminar.
Other Professional Activities
In the past, I have worked extensively with the British Film Institute on a series of highly-successful screenings, curatorial projects, and book and DVD releases including Land of Promise, Shadows of Progress and . We Live in Two Worlds, volume two of the BFI’s GPO Film Unit collection, won ‘DVD boxset of the year’ at the 2009 Il Cinema Ritrovato awards at the Bologna Film Festival, while The GPO Film Unit, an interactive educational documentary starring Sir Derek Jacobi (Dir. M. Bercy, 2008) was an Honoree at the 2009 Webby awards. I also co-authored the successful application to add the Unit's work to UNESCO's 'Memory of the World' register in 2011. You can see me talk about this strand of my research on the BBC News here. In 2014 I worked for The Royal Mail on the issue of a set of Great British Film stamps.
- Public Relations and the making of modern Britain (2012)
- British Aviation Posters: Art, Design and Flight (with Oliver Green) (2012)
- The Projection of Britain: a history of the GPO Film Unit (co-edited with James Mansell) (2011)
- Night Mail (2007)
- '"When London swung a bit": Len Lye in inter-war Britain' in P.Brobbel & others (Eds.) Title to be confirmed (Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, 2015) Forthcoming
‘Governing for happiness: Mark Abrams, subjective social indicators and the post-war explosion of “middle-opinion”’ in D. Leggett and C. Sleigh (Eds.) Scientific Governance in Britain, 1914-1979 (MUP, 2015) Forthcoming
- ‘From Roy Jenkins downwards: the historian/journalist and journalist/historian in contemporary Britain’ in Pedro Ramos Pinto & Bertrand Taithe (Eds.) The Impact of History? Histories at the Beginning of the 21st Century (Routledge, 2015)
- 'Post-war documentary: A new way forward' (with Patrick Russell) in Journal of British Film and Television, Vol. 11, No.2 (EUP, 2014)
'The Documentary Movement and the spaces of British Identity’ a special issue of Twentieth Century British History (co-edited with James Mansell) (OUP, 2012)
'The Future’s in the Air: Imperial Airways and the British Documentary Film Movement' in Journal of British Film and Television, Vol. 8, No.3 (EUP, 2011)
‘Imperialism and internationalism: The British documentary movement and the legacy of the Empire Marketing Board’ in C. MacCabe and L. Grieveson (Eds.) Empire and Film (British Film Institute, 2011)
- ‘Ambition and anxiety: The Science Museum 1950-1983’ P. J. T. Morris (Ed.) Science for the Nation: Perspectives on the history of the Science Museum (Palgrave, London, 2010)
- Public Trust in the News: A Constructivist Study of the Social Life of the News (Reuters Institute, Oxford, 2009) (with Professor Stephen Coleman and Professor David E Morrison)