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Tony Dowmunt is an Emeritus Professor, co-supervising Practice Research PhDs, mostly in the field of radical and 'alternative' documentary practices and is co-director of the London Community Video Archive (LCVA). His work focuses on documentaries, alternative/community media and practice research in the moving image.

LVCA preserves, archives and shares community videos made in the 1970s/80s in London and the Southeast.

Portable video recording became available for the very first time back in the early 1970s, making it possible for communities to make their own television. The medium was taken up by people ignored or under-represented in the mainstream media – tenants on housing estates, community action groups, women, black and minority ethnic groups, youth, gay and lesbian people, and the disabled. With an overriding commitment to social empowerment and to combating exclusion, 'Community Video' dealt with issues which still have a contemporary resonance — housing, play-space, discrimination, youth arts.

Tony joins chair, Dr Claire Langhamer, Director of the Institute of Historical Research and social and cultural historian of modern Britain who specializes in the history of everyday life , to talk about LCVA and the outreach and partnership programme of community screenings and events they’ve been running for the last six years that reach out to current groups working in these areas who want to learn from the past.

  • Watch LCVA video submitted as part of #HAP24 .
  • Find out more about the archive here: LCVA - London Community Video Archive (

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