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Scribal News and News Cultures in Late Stuart and Early Georgian Britain


14 December 2018

Co-organizers: Robin Eagles (History of Parliament Trust), Charles Littleton (History of Parliament Trust), and Michael Schaich (German Historical Institue London)
Venue 1: History of Parliament Trust, 18 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NS (morning)
Venue 2: German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ (afternoon)


Scribal news is a rather neglected area in media history. Scholars interested in the transmission of news items in manuscript form have focussed primarily on the sixteeenth century, the period before the invention of the newspaper, or at best the early decades of the seventeenth century. This international workhop aims to open the topic up for the later Stuart and the Early Georgian period when printed newspapers had established themselves as a vital means of communication. It explores the relationship between manuscript and printed news from a variety of angles and thus also sheds new light on the political history of the decades around 1700.

Attendance to this workshop is free of charge, but please register with Carole Sterckx:


Conference programme (PDF file)