Professor Justin Champion is currently a member of the Public History Committee for the Historical Association (see HA) and is keen to develop relationships with publics, communities, audiences and individuals outside of the Higher education world.
Justin has been involved for example in making a number of historical programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4, including features on the Glorious Revolution, the Execution of Charles I and Pistols at Dawn on the history of duelling, as well as series on the history of friendship, the enlightenment and Elizabethan and Stuart subjects.
Justin has also regularly contributed to the flagship programme presented by Melvyn Bragg on BBC Radio 4, In our time on subjects such as Toleration, Miracles, Calvinism, the Trial of Charles I, the Apocalypse, divine right monarchy and John Foxe's Book of Martyrs. He has also commented on a variety of historical issues for the Today Programme and Radio 5 Live as well as reviewing on Nightwaves.
Other programmes explored the history of writing in books, Terry Deary's Horrible Histories and Puritan discipline in the seventeenth century.
Justin has also been involved in a number of television productions: a Channel 4 production of my monograph of the Great Plague of London 1665 won a Royal Television Society Award in 2001; in 2003 he presented a series on the history of Kings and Queens; a documentary on contemporary Royal Finances (Secrets of the Palace C4 2002); and numerous contributions to programmes on Isaac Newton, Timeteam, The Enlightenment, the History of Science, How Christianity Came to Britain.
Justin's most recent television history was a contribution as advisor and on-screen to a BBC/PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered which placed his plays - Macbeth, Richard II, Hamlet and The Tempest - in historical context. Interviewing David Tennant in a Victorian cemetary about the ghost in Hamlet was a highpoint. The PBS broadcasts were accompanied by a website which included lesson plans for schools.