Chris has research interests in histories of mass communication and radicalism and the relationship that has existed and evolved between them in modern Britain.
His Ph.D. research, which focused on broadcasters, newspapers and protest movements in the 1950s and 60s, has given him a particular interest in areas congruent with those of the Centre for Printing History and Culture, including the political economy of the press, printing unions and radical print. Chris is about to embark on a project entitled ‘Solidarities of Print: Printers and the Struggle for Press Freedom in Modern Britain'. The project explores how printing unions forged and furthered solidarities with workers, ethnic minorities, protest movements and women through the crafts of their members and the creation of objects of dissent. It challenges narratives of ‘the freedom of the press’ by placing the printer and his or her labour at the centre of a story spanning from the repeal of the newspaper stamp through to the Leveson Inquiry.
Chris's publications include
‘Media and Democracy in Labour History: Re-assessing the Defence Debate of 1960’ in Class, Culture and Community: new perspectives in nineteenth and twentieth-century British Labour History (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2012)
• Promotes transfer and exchange of knowledge of printing history and culture amongst individuals and within communities and institutions.