Dr Richard Clay - 'Tearing up History on BBC Four': Transferring academic research to the screen

Apr 30, 2014, 11:04 AM, Birmingham, West Midlands, England

What are the challenges faced by academics when presenting their subject on television? Lucy hosts a live Q and A with Dr Richard Clay, Senior Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Birmingham, before an invited audience of university staff and postgraduate students. The Q and A follows a screening of BBC Four documentary Tearing Up History, presented by Richard himself, and based on his research on iconoclasm and the French Revolution. Richard explains 'in that fifty seven minutes we're trying to sum up what is probably 25 years of my life's work.' But has his experience changed the style in which he teaches? Tearing Up History was produced by Furneaux & Edgar Productions, and was brought to the screen through the proactive work of Ideas Lab. It will be shown on BBC Four on May 6th 2014 at 9pm.

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