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The John Rylands Research Institute


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

A conference at The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester, Thursday 6 April 2017

9.15am - 9.45am Coffee and Registration

9.50am - 11.45am Session 1 (Plenary)

Chair: Stuart Jones, Professor of Intellectual History, University of Manchester

9.50am - 10am Welcome

  • Rachel Beckett, Associate Director of the John Rylands Library and the John Rylands Research Institute

10am - 10.50am Keynote Speaker

  • Martin Wainwright: Faith and the City: What drove the life and work of C.P. Scott?

10.50am - 11.40am News From the Archives

  • Fran Baker (The University of Manchester Library): ‘The Manchester End’: The (Manchester) Guardian Archive at the John Rylands Library
  • Philippa Mole (Guardian News and Media Archive): ‘The London End’: The Guardian News and Media Archive
  • Jessica Smith (The University of Manchester Library): What the Papers Said: Cataloguing the Editorial Correspondence of C.P. Scott

11.40am - 12pm Tea, coffee and biscuits in the Reception area

12pm - 1.10pm Session 2

Panel A: Spreading the News: Journalistic Innovation

Chair: Martin Conboy, Professor of Journalism History, University of Sheffield

  • Andrew Hobbs (University of Central Lancashire): The Weekly Express (1860-63): The Manchester Guardian’s failed attempt at New Journalism
  • Graham Snowdon (Guardian Weekly): ‘A Window on the Wider World’: The Guardian Weekly newspaper, from 1919 to the present day
  • Richard Nelsson (Guardian News and Media): Maintaining the Memory: A brief history of the Guardian Library

Panel B: Guardian Worlds: Liberal Internationalism and Humanitarianism

Chair: Dr Laure Humbert, Lecturer in Modern History, University of Manchester

  • Stéphanie Prévost (Paris Diderot University): Liberal Humanitarianism and Party Politics: C.P. Scott’s coverage of the Armenian Question (1893-8)
  • Jo Laycock (Sheffield Hallam University): Liberal Humanitarianism and its Limits: The ‘Armenian Question’ and the Manchester Guardian
  • Rebecca Gill (University of Huddersfield): The Manchester Guardian, ‘liberal internationalism’, and the lessons of the Boer War

1.10pm - 2pm Lunch in the Reception area, and an opportunity to view material from the Guardian Archive in the Bible Room

2pm - 3.10pm Session 3

Panel C: Guardian People: Editors and Journalists

Chair: Dr Rebecca Gill, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Huddersfield

  • Jonathan Westaway (University of Central Lancashire): Envisioning Switzerland in the Manchester Guardian, 1890-1925: C.E. Montague, British mountaineering and the Swiss tourist industry
  • Daphna Baram (Journalist, editor and lecturer): What is The Guardian’s ‘Heretofore’ on Zionism: How C.P. Scott’s legacy was interpreted by his successors
  • Tom Collins (University of Stirling): Alastair Hetherington: The Guardian Years

Panel D: Social Reform, Social Revolution

Chair: Dr Chris Godden, Senior Lecturer in Economic History, University of Manchester

  • Charlotte Alston (Northumbria University): Reporting the Revolution: Guardian Correspondents in Russia and the Soviet Union, 1904-1939
  • Christopher Shoop-Worrall (University of Sheffield): From Loaves to Land Reform: The Manchester Guardian and the New Liberalism, 1900-1914
  • Aaron Ackerley (University of Sheffield): 'But I have not even tried to read Keynes, so do not pretend to understand…': The Manchester Guardian’s Coverage of Economic Issues in the Interwar Period

3.10pm - 3.30pm Afternoon break in the Reception area

3.30pm - 4.20pm Session 4

Panel E: The Guardian before Scott

Chair: Dr Craig Horner, Senior Lecturer in History, Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Steve Collins (independent scholar and editor of the Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society): A Challenge to the Editor
  • Luke Heselwood (The University of Manchester): The Manchester Guardian and the General Election of 1857

Panel F: Silenced Voices: Censorship and the Press

Chair: Dr Janette Martin, Archivist-Curator, University of Manchester Library

  • Colin Storer (University of Warwick): The Cost of Comment: W.T. Goode, the Guardian and Political Censorship after the First World War
  • Guy Hodgson (Liverpool John Moores University): Narrative of Conflict: The Guardian and ‘necessary untruths’ of the Second World War