In a joint event between the History of Parliament Trust and the Bodleian Library, Dr Robin Eagles (HPT/David Walker Memorial Fellowship) will give a talk at the Weston Library engaging attendees in Parliament’s history, and in particular how news about Parliament was disseminated in the 18th century. The talk will concentrate on high profile impeachments which featured in the early years of George I’s reign.
Throughout the 18th century (and beyond) reporting proceedings in Parliament were considered an infringement of privilege. This was in spite of the fact that the palace of Westminster as a whole was a very public space – with Westminster Hall in particular an open venue. As a result, controlling the information that flowed out of Westminster was difficult and many newspapers contained some limited reporting of the major issues of the day.
The event will be accompanied by a small exhibition and a podcast.