Judith Jones worked in Higher Education for many years and held a senior management position at Liverpool John Moores University. She also worked at Granada Television, including a period on Coronation Street, which was to prove invaluable when collaborating with Stephen Kelly on a collection of oral history interviews to celebrate the programme’s fortieth anniversary. Judith has also completed a short oral history of cinema-going in Chorlton during the Second World War.
Dr Stephen Kelly is an oral historian and the author of many oral history books. In particular a number of his books focus on sport. They include an oral history of the Kop at Liverpool Football Club and Red Voices (Headline), an oral history of Manchester United. More recently he has published an oral history of the 1950s, You’ve Never Had It So Good (History Press) and an oral history of the Korean War British Soldiers of the Korean War, In Their Own Words (History Press). He is by training a journalist and previously worked for Tribune newspaper and also as a producer at Granada Television. He was Director of the Centre for Oral History Research at the University of Huddersfield for a number of years. He is currently Visiting Professor in History at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Professor in Journalism at the University of Chester.
Geoff Moore began his working life as a journalist on the Liverpool Daily Post before joining Granada Television as a Researcher. He later became a producer and worked on World In Action for many years. He has also worked in local programmes as producer of Granada Reports. After a stint away from Granada he returned and produced a range of light entertainment programmes including The Krypton Factor, What’s On and Flying Start. Geoff has conducted a number of interviews for us, mainly with former World In Action team members based in London.
Melanie Tebbutt is Professor of History within the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is a specialist in British social and cultural history whose published books range from the history of pawnbroking and working-class credit, to gossip and social relationships in working-class neighbourhoods as well as the leisure identities of youth in the 1920s and 1930s. Professor Tebbutt has given much support and enthusiasm to the project, helping facilitate the conference and other research connected to the project.