Now retired

Curator Moving Image, then Lead Curator Moving Image, then Lead Curator News and Moving Image British Library (2007 – 2022)

Senior Research Fellow, AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies, Birkbeck, University of London (2004 – 2005)

Head of Information, British Universities Film & Video Council (2000 – 2007)

Assistant cataloguer, then Cataloguer, British Film Institute, National Film and Television Archive (1986 – 2000)

Museum Research Assistant, Canterbury Heritage Museum (1984 – 1985)


PhD in Film Studies by research and thesis, Birkbeck, University of London (1998 – 2004)

Diploma in Library and Information Studies, Ealing College of Higher Education (1985 – 1986)

English Language and Literature BA Hons, University of Manchester (1980 – 1983)


Member of The Newsreel Network (2013 – )

Member of the UK Radio Archives Advisory Committee (2013 – 2022)

Trustee of NEWSPLAN2000 (2013 – 2022)

Council member of the International Association for Media and History (Iamhist) (2009 – 2015)

Trustee of the Yorkshire Film Archive (2009 – 2013)

Member of the JISC Film and Sound Think Tank (2009 – 2011)

Judge for the Kraszna-Krausz film book awards (2009)

Member of AHRC Peer Review College (2007 – 2010)

Member of London’s Screen Archives steering group (2005 – 2009)

Judge for the FOCAL International Awards (Restoration or Preservation Project category) (2005 – 2020)

Founder member of Screen Heritage Network (2005 – 2007)

Executive committee member of MILIP (Moving Image Library and Information Plan) (2002)

Academic Advisory Board member for the AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies (2000 – 2005)

Member of Qualidata advisory committee (2000 – 2022)

Member of BECTU History Project group (2000 – 2022)

Chair of the Film Archive Forum (now Film Archives UK) (2000 – 2006); British Library representative (2007 – 2022)

Associate Editor for Early Popular Visual Culture (formerly Living Pictures: The Journal of the Popular and Projected Image before 1914) (1999 – )

Advisory board member of The Journal of Popular British Cinema (1999 – 2002)


Charles Urban: Pioneering the Non-fiction Film in Britain and America, 1897-1925 (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2013) [Winner of Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award, 2014]

Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema: A Worldwide Survey (London: BFI, 1996) [co-editor with Stephen Herbert] [Best Specialist Reference Work, Reference Reviews awards, 1997]


Opening up Speech Archives (AHRC Digital Transformations in Arts and Humanities) (2012-2013)

David Lean and Gaumont Sound News (David Lean Foundation) (2007)

An International Database of Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio (AHRC Resource Enhancement) (2005-2008)

Cinemagazines and the Projection of Britain (AHRC Resource Enhancement) (2004-2007)

British Universities Newsreel Scripts Project (AHRB Resource Enhancement) (2000-2003)

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