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Exploring the 1930s Radio Times archives - Reading in the news Wed 6 Dec

Release Date 06 December 2017

Neville Chamberlain's war declaration speech in 1939 is one such clip in the BBC Radio Times archives

Here is today's media report.


Radio Times history: Dr Amanda Wrigley (FTT) spoke to the BBC Radio 4 (47 mins 30 secs) PM programme about the BBC creating an online archive of Radio Times and making the 1930s editions available for the first time. She explained her research and offered commentary on archived broadcast clips such as King Edward VIII announcing his abdication in 1936 and Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s revealing in 1939 that Britain was at war with Germany. The BBC has also issued a press release featuring a quote from Dr Wrigley (attached).

Morrisons data leak: Ardi Kolah (Henley Business School) was quoted by the Financial Times on the possibility of Morrisons having to pay compensation to staff after payroll information was leaked online.

Sporting violence: A Yahoo Sports feature references an article in the Guardian from a year ago that quotes Mark Pagal (Biological Sciences) on evidence that shows humans have evolved to solve conflict through violence. The feature examines whether we are drawn to things we are repulsed by, after a particularly violent American Football game in the NFL.

Other coverage


  • Research showing a healthy lifestyle can overcome genetic risk of heart disease, involving Professor Julie Lovegrove (Food and Nutritional Sciences), is featured by various websites, including
  • German website Schattenblick profiles the new Samuel Beckett exhibition in the Marbach Literature Museum, supported by Mark Nixon (Samuel Beckett Research Centre), telling the story of his journey through Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Read our news story
  • The Art Newspaper reports on Reading’s partnership with the British Museum to build a storage facility on university-owned land. Read our news story
  • Czech website Hobby reports on Reading research that suggests cooking fat can lead to cloud formation, and therefore a cooling effect on the planet. Read our news story
  • Wave 105 FM reports Reading research (Food and Nutritional Sciences) that found drinking prosecco is good for circulation, if consumed in moderation. Read our news story from 2009
  • A flux of global coverage of Reading research (Chemistry) showing dairy products so not cause heart disease continues, with coverage including Vysetrenie in Slovakia, Setopati in Nepal. Read our news story
  • Professor Kevin Balcombe (Agriculture) will speak at next year’s Agriculture Economics Society Conference in Warwick, reports Farming UK.



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