Mhairi Brennan

Research title

Archiving the Referendum: The Scottish Independence Referendum 2014 and the BBC Scotland Television Archive

Research summary

My PhD research focuses on the influence of television archive material on cultural memory, using the contents of BBC Scotland’s television archive pertaining to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum as a case study.


I previously worked in the film & television industry as an archive producer.



AHRC PhD funding 2015-2018


Selected Conferences:


2018    Memory Studies Association Conference, Copenhagen

            Selected to participate in the MSA Forward PhD event


            Why Public History? Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast

            Public Broadcaster, Public History.


2017    Screen Conference, University of Glasgow

            The 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum and BBC Scotland’s Television Archive.


            The Stuff of Research Material Culture Symposium, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

            Archiving the Scottish Referendum: The Future of the BBC Scotland Television Archive


2016 - 2017 Participant at workshops held by the Contested Identities: Cultural Dialogues Between Small Nations project, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


Key Moments in Film and Television (Level 1)


Archive Research for Television (MLitt)