The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies: 1964-2002

Muirhead Tower Atrium
Saturday 10th May (09:00) - Sunday 29th June 2014 (18:00)

Kieran Connell
Tel: 0121 414 5768

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Exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, drawing on material from the newly created archive of the Centre, held in the Cadbury Research Library; curated by Dr Kieran Connell, History and Cultures. 

The exhibition forms part of a project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, marking this anniversary by reflecting on the legacies of the Centre. Using innovative teaching and research methods and often adopting a politicised engagement with subjects, the Centre was one of the first academic bodies to take ‘mass’ culture – pop music, television programmes, fashions – seriously. 

The exhibition runs alongside a conference at the University, 24-25 June 2014, marking the launch of the archive of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. The conference will reflect on the influence and legacies of the CCCS, both inside the academy and beyond. Following Richard Hoggart’s pioneering decision to embark on the research of popular culture, and the subsequent appointment of Stuart Hall, the Centre became one of the biggest influences on the development of cultural and media studies around the world. You can register for the conference at the University online shop.  For conference inquiries please email To access the archive of the CCCS please contact the Cadbury Research Library