I’m Samuel Cross and I’m the Researcher behind the Did Anglians Dream of Electric Screens? project. A project aiming to uncover the history and impact of television in Norfolk during the 1950s and 1960s.
I currently work within the School of History at the University of East Anglia, but from an academic perspective I have a background in Communication and Media Studies (BSc with Honours (1st Class) from Loughborough University and winner of the Albert Cherns Memorial Prize) and Media and Cultural Politics (MA with Distinction from the University of East Anglia and winner of the prize for best MA Dissertation in the School of Political, Social and International Studies).
In 2010 I was a researcher on the ‘Global Generation‘ Report for the International Broadcasting Trust, a project which sought to explain the role that the media played in the journey to activism of young people. This research included interviewing both the young activists as well as key decision makers within Charitable organisations and Broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV.
During 2013 I took part in the first CHASE (Consortium of Humanities and Arts South East) ‘Going Digital‘ programme and I am one of the first CHASE ‘Digital Scholars‘. The scheme focused on both the present and the future of the ‘Digital Humanities’, providing an insight into the methodologies, practicalities and potential of digital media and digital research, by looking at existing research projects. Of particular interest to me is the idea of using digital media to engage with the public at all stages of research, not merely in terms of communicating final research outcomes. This is a much wider interpretation of ‘academic outreach and impact’ than some other academics hold, but it is central to everything that I do and is critical if we wish for our research to have a genuine impact on society rather than just the academy.
When I’m not obsessing about television history (and media issues more generally) you’ll tend to find me either out running or even occasionally working as a racetrack safety marshal at Snetterton circuit!