Kat Pearson is a PhD student in the Department of Film & Television at the University of Warwick, and a member of the Centre for Television Histories. Her research evaluates the role of television in terms of placemaking and reputational change for the three UK Cities of Culture (Derry/Londonderry, Hull, and Coventry), and considers the role of the television archive in this. Kat’s PhD is a Collaborative Doctoral Award, co-supervised by colleagues from the Media Archive for Central England and Illuminations production company, and her wider work uses television archives for community outreach. Examples of collaborations with MACE have included using their collections to run screenings online and in Coventry and co-curating a reel about the city’s architecture for a new exhibition, Metropolis (Coventry 2021-22). Kat was also research assistant on Coventry Cathedral: Building for New Britain which was made by Illuminations and broadcast on BBC4 in June 2021.