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Doctoral Researcher, Department of Communication and Media, Loughborough University

Natasha previously studied History at Royal Holloway, where she completed her BA in History and an MA in Public History. As part of the course she learned a great deal about engaging wider audiences in the past and wrote a play (Mum is MAD!) that was performed at Stanley Halls in 2019.

Now focused on her doctoral research, Natasha’s current research title is ‘Media convergence before convergence: The case of the Electrophone in Britain 1893 - 1925.’ The Electrophone has been described as the Victorian smartphone, enabling people to listen to live theatre, music concerts, and sermons from the comfort of their own home, it was a form of broadcasting that emerged at the end of the nineteenth century; many years before the Wireless was introduced to Britain. Using a media-archaeology approach this project will explore what the Electrophone can tell us about the use of media in the period, as well as what relevance this early case of convergence has today.

Experience

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    Doctoral researcher, Department of History, Loughborough University