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‘Comment is free, but facts are sacred’: The Guardian in Local, National, and Global History

On Thursday 6 April 2017 The John Rylands Research Institute and The John Rylands Library will hold a conference to celebrate the rich history of the Guardian (formerly Manchester Guardian) newspaper, as told through its remarkable archive.

Founded in 1821, the Manchester Guardian began life as a local paper, but under the inspired editorship of C.P. Scott it was transformed into a national newspaper with a reputation for journalistic integrity and honesty. The Guardian is still remembered in the North West of England as a great Manchester institution, but today its reach and standing are truly international –ground-breaking journalism is brought to the widest audience through its pioneering use of digital media.

This event marks the culmination of a project by The University of Manchester Library to catalogue C.P. Scott’s Editorial Correspondence in the Guardian Archive, an initiative which was made possible by the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives.

Reflecting the long history and significance of the newspaper, the conference features papers which focus on the Guardian’s involvement in local, national and international events over a 140-year period. 

The keynote speaker will be Martin Wainwright, journalist, author and former Northern Editor of the Guardian.

Registration for the event is now open, please register using Eventbrite.