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Dr Lisa Stead

Public engagement

My research involves close collaboration with museums and archives, including centres such as the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, Exeter, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. I have also worked closely with external partners like the Deaf Studies Trust and the British Deaf Association. My current research into Vivien Leigh and her archives seeks to forge innovative new impact opportunities, creating public education resources for regional museums which contain Leigh collections and memorabilia.

I have worked with local secondary schools in creating widening participation schemes to bring local students to University archival centres to learn about film history, and to encourage students to consider undergraduate level film studies.

From 2014-2016, I co-ran Screen Talks (with Dr Felicity Gee, Exeter) in collaboration with the Exeter Picturehouse. This initiative (originally developed by Dr Helen Hanson) screened ongoing programmes of films for public audiences, featuring introductions from academics and informal open discussions.

I created and currently run the Film Talk programme at Exeter, and informal review club where everyone is welcome to discuss the latest big and small screen releases.

I have also been involved in a number of impact and outreach projects associated with the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, including family fun days and public talks, and have given talks for organisations such as Exeter’s LQBTQI+ Society, and Cardiff University’s ‘Book Talk’ series.

Contribution to discipline

I am Visiting Examiner for undergraduate degrees and graduate diplomas in Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London (2017-2020).

I have acted as a peer reviewer for a number of film and literary journals, and have reviewed monograph proposals for publishers including Edinburgh University Press.


My research into the history of early film fan cultures has featured in local newspapers and radio. My Object Stories film, ‘Penning the Screen’, was screened at the ‘Onwards and Outwards’ event at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 2015.