Image courtesy of the British Cartoon Archive, University of Kent.

British Library talk on golden era of special correspondents

The role of special correspondents on newspapers in the 19th Century will be the subject of a talk by Professor Cathy Waters from the School of English and Dr Ruth Brimacombe, an independent scholar, at the British Library on 23 November.

The talk, entitled Rediscovering the art of Victorian Graphic Journalism, will use illustrations from the online exhibition they co-curated, Picturing the News, to underline the huge impact these newspaper reporters had as they covered everything from wars and royal tours to criminal trials and engineering innovations.

The talk will take place from 18.00-20.00 in the Foyle Room at the British Library. A free wine reception will be held afterwards. The event is currently sold out but some of the images that will be used during the talk can be viewed online in the exhibition at Picturing the News.

The event is part of the Being Human festival that runs from 17-25 November and is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the British Academy and the School of Advanced Study, University of London.