Sian Barber


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Research Interests

My research interests cover British cinema, film and history and regulation of the moving image. My work explores the relationship between film, culture and society and the means by which we regulate film and cinema. 

I have published on British film and cinema, cinemagoing and audiences, regulation and classification and the work of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). My monographs include Censoring the 1970s: the BBFC and the Decade that Taste Forgot (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011) and The British Film Industry in the 1970s: Capital, Culture and Creativity (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

I have recently completed a monograph Using Film as a Source which details how film can be used as a source for different types of research.  This work was published in June 2015 by Manchester University Press in conjunction with the Institute of Historical Research. It is the first in a series of pedagogical study guides aimed at undergradte and postgradute students and researchers.

My current research focuses upon local censorship and is drawing on a number of historical case studies to explore the regulation of film within different locations. The first findings of this work are to be published in The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television in 2016.  

Since 2010 I have been a member of the EUscreen project, an EU-funded consortium of academics, technology providers and European broadcasters and archives which has created a fully searchable online database of moving image content. The collection currently houses over 40,000 freely available items. 



I currently convene and teach the following modules: 

  • Introduction to Film Studies 1 (FLM1001) level 1
  • British Cinema: nation, industry and identity (FLM2026) level 2
  • British Cinema: decades and debates (FLM3032) level 3
  • Censorship, Regulation and Audiences (MA)


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Research Output 2009 2018

  • 8 Article
  • 4 Chapter
  • 3 Book
  • 2 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
1 Citation (Scopus)

Discovering Film on Irish Television: fragments from the RTÉ Archives 1960-1965

Barber, S., 22 Oct 2018, In : Historical Research. 91, 254, p. 791-809

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Cinema and the Age of Television, 1950-1970

Barber, S., 12 Jan 2017, The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 220-229 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
pressure group

Power struggles, regulation and responsibility. Reappraising the Video Recordings Act

Barber, S., 09 Sep 2016, In : Media History. p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Video recording
power struggle
video recording

Using film as a source

Barber, S., 01 Jun 2015, Manchester: Manchester University Press. 174 p. (IHR Research Guides ; vol. 1)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Film Theory
Research Practice
Research Methods

Activities 2011 2019

2 Minute Masterpiece and pitching masterclass with BBC NI and NI Screen

Sian Barber (Host)
11 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Irish Film Institute series on British Cinema. Screening of 28 Days Later... and discussion of British horror cinema

Sian Barber (Participant)
26 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Exploring Cinema-going Past and Present

Sian Barber (Participant)
05 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

RTS Futures masterclass series

Sian Barber (Session chair)
08 Apr 201911 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

From Potemkin to Last Tango: Exploring local film censorship in Northern Ireland

Sian Barber (Invited speaker)
30 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

No sex please: how Northern Ireland was united by ‘evil’ films

Sian Barber


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment


Being Human - a festival of the humanities (Northern Ireland Hub)

Franziska Schroeder (Participant), David Grant (Participant), Kurt Taroff (Participant), Cahal McLaughlin (Participant), Stefanie Lehner (Participant), Alex Murray (Participant), Sian Barber (Participant), Paul Murphy (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Societial Impact