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Why Digitise Historical Television?


John Ellis

Royal Holloway University of London, Egham Surrey, TW20 0EX, GB
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Digitisation of historic TV material is driven by the widespread perception that archival material should be made available to diverse users. Yet digitisation alters the material, taking away any lingering sense of presence. Digitisation and online access, however, offer startling new possibilities. The article offers three: use of material in language teaching and learning; use in dementia therapy; and applications as data in medical research. All depend on ordinary TV for their effectivity.

How to Cite: Ellis, J., 2012. Why Digitise Historical Television?. VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture, 1(1), pp.27–33. DOI:
Published on 21 Feb 2012.


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