Brown Babies Wales
Academic Lead: Jayne Hall, University of South Wales
Business Partner: Angela Graham, Green Bay Media
photo: Jayne Hall with the Welsh daughter of a black American GI
The Welsh children of black American GIs in Wales.
This is a subject to which few academics have devoted significant attention. The television method of research is a spur to increased interest, NB not tv coverage but tv research. Our investigations have led to new connections among academics.
Is documentary a tool for both Research and Research Impact? We assisted an academic with the promotion of a documentary she made on a related aspect of black wartime experience in Wales. Her work is a fascinating example of benefits and pitfalls when documentary experience is lacking. The complexity of handling three types of expertise ̶ personal witness, historiography and film-making ̶ is evident.
Academics need a grounding in the highest level of film documentary principles if they are to use this medium well as a tool for research and for delivering research to the public. Media workers benefit from understanding what matters to academics. The potential from dialogue is
exciting. Welsh academics using documentary production in their work are invited to contact us here.