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Changing the Welfare State: talk and screening with Dr Ben Lamb

6 October 2016 5:30 pm - 6 October 2016 6:30 pm


6 October 2016 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Dr Ben Lamb, Research Lecturer in Media Studies at Teesside University, explores how alternative forms of regional media challenged nationally implemented changes to the welfare state at a local level from 1964 to 1990.

Using the north east of England as a case study, Lamb compares the dissemination of information about community care services by the BBC and ITV with that of locally-based outlets Trade Films and Amber Films. These smaller organisations screened their content throughout public spaces, allowing them to discuss welfare issues in a way that was not being addressed by mainstream outlets. Lamb explores how such forms of media were able to impact local policy and community care. This research is increasingly relevant considering ongoing debates about the future purpose of the welfare state.

Clips of Trade Films’ Farewell to the Welfare State which was produced locally and screened on Channel 4 in 1985 will be shown alongside this talk.

Image credit: Trade Films


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