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Teddington Studios remembered: an oral history

Gilly Conabeer
23.02.2016

MOLA Archivist Gilly Conabeer is leading the Teddington Studios oral history project. She tells us a bit about the project and how you can get involved.

Our archaeologists are undertaking a study of the former Teddington Studios, both looking at the below ground archaeological remains and the historic buildings. Alongside this field work we are also running an oral history project to capture people’s memories of the studio and to understand its significance in film and television history. The project is still in the early stages, but it’s clear that the legacy of Teddington Studios, or The Fun Factory’, as it was often called by those who worked there, lies not only in the films and programmes that came from its doors but with the people who helped to create them.

In 2002 John Tasker fittingly summarised what it felt like to work at Teddington, saying: “… a closely knit family in which many people had great fun and satisfaction in creating and contributing to television, both in Britain and throughout the World.” (Tasker, The Story of Teddington Studios, p. 33)

The project is an invaluable opportunity to capture the experience of film-making at one of the most advanced centres of television production and the oral histories will form a permanent educational and research collection. One former Engineer, interviewed for the oral history project, said: “people would come from all over the world to Teddington… and it was copied in all sorts of places” (Brian Scott, Chief Engineer at Teddington 1973 – 1990).

If you are a former employee of Teddington Studios we would love to hear from you or, even better, to meet you. We are hosting an event at Normansfield Theatre on 15 April at 6pm for a drink (including a free glass of Prosecco). It will be an evening that brings together former employees of the studios to share their stories and listen to live music of Nark Drool and the Shudders, who formed at Teddington. 

Please RSVP by 25 March to oralhistory@mola.org.uk or phone 020 741 2266.

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