Ms Jo Loosemore
School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)
Radio maker. History finder. Theatre lover. Jo is a broadcaster, curator and actor.
For the BBC, she has created radio dramas, documentaries and live programmes. This has included World War One at Home (in partnership with the Imperial War Museums) for network and local radio, regional tv and online. From Brazil to the Battlefield, the story of Exeter fighting footballers was broadcast on BBC 5 Live, and a series of features appeared on BBC Radio 4 and 4Extra. She also produced the Listening Project’s national tour for BBC Radio 4, BBC Scotland, BBC Wales and BBC local radio in partnership with the British Library, contributing the 1000th conversation to the national collection.
Having created the city’s oral history archive and co-curated Plymouth’s largest social history exhibition (Tales from the City), she is now the curator of Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy – the national commemorative exhibition for 2020/21 in The Box, Plymouth, and co-curator of Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America (national tour). Both exhibitions were curated in partnership with members scholars and educators of the Wampanoag Nation. She has also been recently appointed Visiting Fellow at the University of Plymouth.
M.A. Museum Studies (University of Leicester)
B.A.(Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics (University of Oxford)
Roles on external bodies
British Museum - Museum Futures Mentor
MA Archival Practice
Exhibition development and interpretation.
Oral history collection and curation.
Museum and theatre education, participation and fundraising.
Project management, marketing and audience development.
Radio production and presentation. Online and social media content creation.
Research and outreach.
The Listening Project in partnership with the British Library and BBC Radio 4
Research, recording and editing of conversations for radio and online
Content creation for BBC Radio 4 and BBC local radio
Liberation series (conversations about occupation, evacuation and liberation) for BBC Radio 4, BBC Jersey, BBC Guernsey
World War One At Home in partnership with Imperial War Museums
Discovery, development and delivery of 38 stories for radio, tv and online
Live and recorded content for 5Live, Radio 4, 4Extra, Inside Out, BBC Spotlight and BBC local radio
Documentary – From Brazil to the Battlefield: the story of Exeter’s fighting footballers
Creative practice & artistic projects
Direction and script development of over 25 radio plays for the BBC based on historical stories.
The Day Will Come (a radio musical about the abolition of slavery), Borderline and Darwin by Nick Stimson, Hallsands (a 12-part dramatised series about the collapse of a South Devon village into the sea) by Richard Clark, The Witches of Bideford by Heidi Stephenson and Eleanor Fossey’s A Shadow of Doubt (about ‘the man they couldn’t hang’) and The White Lady (the ghosts of Berry Pomeroy) commissioned as part of Made in England (ACE).
Liberation and Liberation 70: Remembering (two 55-minute radio plays written and performed by the Guernsey History in Action group)
Haunted cinema – for Plymouth Arts Centre and British Film Institute
Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy (2020/21), The Box Plymouth
Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America (2020/21), national tour to SeaCity Southampton, The Box Plymouth and Guildhall Art Gallery London
Tales From The City (2000/01), Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
The Beautiful Game (2001), Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
Visibly Proud: Celebrating diversity in women’s lives today (2003), Plymouth Race Equality Council Plymouth College of Art and Design and Plymouth City Museum, ISBN 0 904788 21 0
A Naval Tradition: Jobs for the Boys – stories of local men at work, (2001), PCMAG, ISBN 0 904788 18 0
A Naval Tradition: Jobs for the Girls – stories of local women at work, (2001) PCMAG, ISBN 0 904788 17 2
Including Museums: Perspectives on Museums, Galleries and Social Inclusion, (2001), University of Leicester, ISBN 1 898489 19 X
Polish Ground; the history and development of Ilford Park, (2001), Plymouth City Museum, ISBN 0904788164
Reports & invited lectures
The National Archives
University of Oxford (Rothermere American Institute)
University of the Highlands and Islands
The Migration Museum
Museum Ethnographers' Group
SW Museums Federation
Hampshire Archaeological Society
Devon Family History Society