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Collecting Political Ephemera – one day conference

  • Thursday 22 February 2018 - 09.30 - 16.15
  • £10 including lunch

As part of our ACE funded project “The Ballad of Chetham’s Library”, we are dedicating a day to reflect on some of the questions and practical challenges that collecting political ephemera has posed for private collectors and institutions from the 19th century to the present day. Chetham’s Library has just completed digitisation of the ‘Hay Portfolio’, an important collection of political propaganda assembled by W.R. Hay, the ‘clerical magistrate’ who played a key role in the Peterloo Massacre and in dealing with the legal fall-out that followed it for the government of the day. Our keynote speaker for the day, Dr Robert Poole of UCLan, will deliver his paper ‘William Robert Hay: Peterloo magistrate and collector of ephemera’.

We also have a talk on political ephemera in the 21st century from Prof Tony Taylor of Sheffield Hallam, delegates from the People’s History Museum, the Scottish Political Archive, the British Library, the Museum of London and the Interference Archive in New York talking about their collections in various aspects. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion!

The £10 conference fee includes lunch if you book before 15 February – book your ticket now via Eventbrite!

Download the programme for the day here.