Apply now for The Shiers Trust Award 2020

Apply now for The Shiers Trust Award 2020

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By RTS Media,
Monday, 23rd March 2020

Apply now for The Shiers Trust Award to receive £4,000 towards publishing work on any aspect of the history of television. Applications close Friday 27th March. 

The Award offers a £4000 grant to help assist in the completion of new or unfinished projects, work or literature specific to the objectives of the Trust. 

Find out more about the criteria here.

To apply, fill out an application form and return by email to RTS archivist Clare Colvin.

The Shiers Trust Award was launched in 2000 in memory of distingushed US television historian George Shiers. 

Applications close on Friday 27th March 2020.


Past Shiers Trust Projects

2019: Stuart Ramsay’s film Made in Yorkshire about the history of Yorkshire Television and Mark Craig for filmed interviews with ex BBC motion graphic designers

2017: Birmingham City University recorded interviews with programme-makers to expand its online oral history of BBC Pebble Mill, 1971 to 2004

2016: The Scottish Broadcasting Heritage Group recorded interviews with people who worked at and watched STV from 1957 to 2017

2015: Oral history project by former Granada staffers Stephen Kelly and Judith Jones, with interviews published at:

2014: Shared between Dr Sheldon Hall, whose  Armchair Cinema is a study of feature films on British television, and Marc Scott, whose research focuses on the unofficial development of TV in Australia

2013: Barry Fox has built a website to present his collection of historical consumer electronics imagery and documents. The picture shows a publicity still for Philips’s optical videodisc

2012: Paul Marshall researched a biography of Alan Archibald Campbell Swinton, the early visionary of all-electronic television

2012: Simon Vaughan digitised the 300-page ‘Black Book’, the first manual of the Marconi-EMI electronic television system, installed in 1936

2011: David Rose presented an illustrated retrospective of his exceptional career as a ground-breaking television and film producer to a large number of live audiences

2010: John Wyver conducted interviews on the presentation of theatre plays on British television

2009: Ronald Sandell, a key planner of the analogue terrestrial transmitter network, conducted research for a book,  Seventy Years Before the Masts

2008/2010: Steve Arnold digitised back issues of Radio Times  to make a searchable online archive of articles and schedules

2005: John Grist wrote a biography of Grace Wyndham Goldie, the first Head of BBC Television News and Current Affairs

2004: Don McLean compiled an authentically accurate audio two-CD presentation of the beginnings of television in Britain. 

2001: Simon Vaughan, archivist of the Alexandra Palace Television Society, printed a collection of 1,200 photos by the father of television lighting, Desmond Robert Campbell


For queries about the Shiers Trust please contact Clare Colvin, the Royal Television Society archivist.

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Apply now for The Shiers Trust Award to receive £4,000 towards publishing work on any aspect of the history of television. Applications close Friday 27th March.