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Making History
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Begins Tuesday 18 October 2005 , 3.00-3.30 p.m
Sue Cook and the team answer listeners' historical queries and celebrate the way in which we all 'make' history.
Series 13
Programme 12
4 July 2006
Southall Film Studios

Making History listeners Terry Tkachuk and Bill Cooke's passion is English cinema and one film studio in particular: the Southall Film Studios. Dylan Winter went to meet them to find out more about their research. You can see the results of their work on the Southall Film Studios History Project website.

Other useful links 

British Film Institute

British Cinema History Research Project, University of East Anglia

Making History also consulted Ian Christie, professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College.

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The Jeanette Expedition

A listener in the Isle of Wight came across a gravestone at the cemetery where he works which made reference to an Alfred Sweetman who perished during the Jeanette Arctic Expedition of 1880. Making History consulted Bob Headland at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, who explained more about this failed American expedition using the British-built Jeanette.

Comprehensive accounts of the expedition (including images) can be found at the following: 

US Navy Department Library

American Society of Polar Philatelists

Other useful link 

Scott Polar Research Institute

The Women's Library

Making History listeners nominated the Women's Library at London Metropolitan University as one of our hidden treasures.

The programme consulted Antonia Byatt, Director of the Women's Library. 

The Women's Library
London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street
London E1 7NT
Tel: 020 7320 2222

Other useful links 

Arts and Humanities Data Service

Glasgow Women's Library
The Lunar Society

A Making History listener claims a family link to the 18th-century businessman Matthew Boulton. Boulton was a founding member of the Lunar Society, a group of thinkers and businessmen who met each month in Birmingham and who were described by some as the intellectual powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution.

Making History consulted Dr Chris Upton of Newman College in Birmingham.

Useful links 

The Lunar Society

Birmingham Jewellery Quarter - has a history of the Lunar Society

One of the best books on the Society is The Lunar Men: The Friends who Made the Future by Jenny Uglow (Faber & Faber, 2002).

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Vanessa Collingridge
Vanessa CollingridgeVanessa has presented science and current affairs programmes for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Discovery and has presented for BBC Radio 4 & Five Live and a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday, Scotsman and Sunday Herald. 

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Or telephone the Audience Line 08700 100 400

Making History is a Pier Production for BBC Radio 4 and is produced by Nick Patrick.

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