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Events

Thursday 25 May 2006
The Headline of the Century

An evening debate chaired by a presenter from BBC's Newsnight that will be the culmination of a nationwide vote on the greatest headline of the past 100 years, as chosen by the British public. Leading figures from the world of newspapers will argue it out, with a chance for the audience to make their views known on what makes a great front page.

Panel members: Roy Greenslade, journalist for The Daily Telegraph, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent, Sarah Sands, Editor of The Sunday Telegraph, and Charles Wilson, former Editor of The Times and The Independent .

In association with the Media Society.

Event time: 18.30 - 20.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)


Thursday 25 May 2006
Front Page Late View

Special late night opening of the Front Page exhibition when the nation's favourite headline is announced live from the Library on BBC Newsnight.
To book, please email boxoffice@bl.uk.

Event time: 20.00-23.30
Location: The Pearson Gallery, St Pancras
Price: SOLD OUT


Tuesday 6 June 2006
Working mothers: what do women really want? - The work/life balance of the women who make the front page

The media influences what we read, what we know and how we think about ourselves. A panel discussion in association with Women in Journalism, chaired by Mary Ann Sieghart - Assistant Editor, The Times - looks at the life of women in the media. Panellists include Natasha Walters from The Guardian, Jenny Watson from EOC and Sue Matthias from The New Statesman.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception until 21.15.

Event time: 18.30 - 20.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £10.00 (concessions £7.50)


Tuesday 13 June 2006
Dennis Griffiths
Fleet Street – Five Hundred Years of the Press

Image of Dennis GriffithsDennis Griffiths will talk about his new book Fleet Street - Five Hundred Years of the Press.

An entertaining and authoritative guide to the history of the Press in London, from its earliest days in the late 15th century through to the relaunch of The Guardian in 2005. Political opinion, commercial opportunism, technological advances, price wars, satisfying the thirst for news, the influence of editors, great feature writers, gossip columnists, advertising campaigns, the invention of the cartoon strip and crosswords, the power of the Press Barons, and then the breaking of the power of the unions - all contribute to the story that Griffiths weaves so expertly.

Event time: 18.30 – 20.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)


Tuesday 27 June 2006
Eleanor Mills
Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs
100 Years of the Best Journalism by Women

Many female journalists came to the fore during the first and second world wars and their perspective was very different to that of their male peers who were reporting from the field. Since then, women have continued to break new ground in newspapers and magazines, redefining the world as we see it.

In her talk Eleanor Mills will look at whether there is such a thing as women's journalism and gives examples of the best writing from the last 100 years.

Eleanor Mills is the Editor of the Sunday Times News Review and the co-editor of Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs.

Event time: 18.30 – 20.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)


Wednesday 28 June 2006
Prurience or privilege: Are politicians entitled to a private life?

A lively debate between a newspaper editor, a politician, a legal practitioner and a legal academic discussing the right to privacy of politicians in the public eye.

With Mark Oaten MP for Winchester; Professor Eric Barendt, Goodman Professor of Media Law at UCL; Michael White, Assistant Editor of the Guardian; and Alastair Brett, Legal Manager of Times Newspapers. Chaired by David Sherborne, media barrister.

In association with The Media Society

Event time: 18.30-21.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £10.00 (concessions £7.50), glass of wine included

An audio download of this event is now available (MP3).


Monday 3 July 2006
Classic Book: Scoop by Evelyn Waugh, a novel about journalists

Scoop is one of Waugh's most exuberant comedies, it is a brilliantly irreverent satire of Fleet Street and its hectic pursuit of hot news.

Peter Florence, chair of the discussion, is Director of the Guardian Hay Festival.

Event time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)


Wednesday 5 July 2006
The Press Complaints Commission today

This panel discussion will focus on the workings of the Press Complaints Commission, chaired by Sir Christopher Meyer, Chairman, alongside Tim Toulmin, Director, together with editors and complainants.

Event time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)


Monday 10 July 2006
Robert Edwards CBE: From Beaverbrook to Maxwell

Robert Edwards CBE is Fleet Street's senior editor. During his long and distinguished career he has edited The Daily Express, The People, and The Sunday Mirror for a record 13 years, before becoming Deputy Chairman of Mirror Group Newspapers. His talk draws on his experience of working on national daily newspapers from 1955-1985 - the last 30 years of the old-style Fleet Street - and his encounters with some of the world's most famous media barons.

Event time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)

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Tuesday 11 July 2006
Frank Gardner: Blood and Sand - Reporting from the front line

Image of Frank GardnerFrank Gardner talks about a journey that began 25 years ago with a chance meeting on a London bus with the veteran Arabian explorer, Sir Wilfred Thesiger, who inspired what would become Gardner 's lifelong passion for the Arab world. This abiding interest would lead him to travel throughout the Middle East, experiencing at first hand peoples, places and cultures that few have encountered. It's a journey that would eventually lead, via the world of banking, to becoming a journalist with the BBC. And it was this passion that would, in the wake of the world-changing events of 9/11, send him on the journey that came to dominate - and very nearly end - his life: his coverage of the phenomenon that is Al-Qaeda.

Event time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)

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Wednesday 12 July 2006
The Media Men

A panel of five former national newspaper editors, all present day media columnists, will discuss the press: past, present and future. The panel will be chaired by Donald Trelford from The Observer and includes Roy Greenslade from the Daily Mirror, Bill Hagerty from Sunday Today and The People, Brian McArthur from Today and Peter Preston from The Guardian. What do the media experts think about newspapers today and the newspaper of the future?

In association with the London Press Club

Event time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)

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Tuesday 18 July 2006
This is London: American correspondents in London

A panel discussion chaired by Dominic Sandbrook about the American view of the media scene in Britain and the differences in reporting styles between the US and the British media. The panel consists of Mary Jordan from The Washington Post, Jeff McAllister from Time Magazine and Sarah Lyall from The New York Times. In association with the Eccles Centre for American Studies.

Event time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)

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Monday 24 July 2006
Writers in Conversation: Michael Frayn

Image of Michael FraynPlaywright, novelist and translator Michael Frayn's novel Towards the End of Morning about Fleet Street portrays a newspaper world long since gone. Stuck in a sleepy newspaper department, covering nature notes and crosswords, its hero dreams of liberation and recognition. When a chance occurs to appear on TV, he eagerly prepares to greet the celebrity life.

Michael Frayn will be discussing this and his other works with Peter Florence, Director of the Guardian Hay Festival

Event time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)

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Wednesday 26 July 2006
Would like to meet. Personal ads at the British Library

Share your passion for knowledge

This is how we would describe the British Library but what would your personal advert look like? This is your chance to network with like-minded individuals and enjoy a drink at a private view of our latest exhibition, Front Page: Celebrating 100 years of the British Newspaper 1906 - 2006. From hot metal to hot gossip, the exhibition brings to life the growth, development, rivalry and union of the newspaper industry in Britain over the past 100 years. As well as the interactive newsroom where you can be editor of your own newspaper, take control of your dating destiny: write a winning personal ad with the help of our relationship experts and fun activities will help you meet the man or woman who would make your Front Page!

Event time: 18.30-21.30
Location: Pearson Gallery, St Pancras
Price: SOLD OUT


Thursday 14 September 2006
Alan Hamilton, The Times: Royal Reporting

Looking at changes in the way the press have viewed royal proceedings over the years, Alan Hamilton will address landmark events such as the weddings of of The Queen, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana, or the deaths of George V, George VI and the Queen Mother.

Event time: 18.15-19.00
Location: Pearson Gallery, St Pancras
Price: £3.50 (limited to 20 places)

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Wednesday 27 September 2006
Writers in Conversation: Janet Street-Porter

Image of Janet Street PorterWriter and broadcaster Janet Street-Porter introduces her new book, Fall Down, the widely anticipated sequel to her childhood autobiography Baggage, which chronicles her early years as a journalist in Fleet Street.

Event time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)

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Monday 2 October 2006
Hot off the Press

A panel discussion for budding media entrepreneurs chaired by Matthew Rock, founder and former editor of Real Business, the award-winning magazine for entrepreneurs. Also featuring Lopa Patel, Managing Director and Editor of redhotcurry.com, and Steve Auckland, Managing Director of Metro UK.

Event time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)

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Gallery tours

Thursday 22 June 2006
Gallery Tour

Enjoy a private tour of the exhibition led by John Frost, who has provided all the newspapers in the exhibition from his personal archive.

The John Frost Newspaper Archive service started in 1964, having grown out of a hobby started by John Frost in the early 1930s. Throughout his wartime service and the decades since, he has avidly collected newspapers and has built a truly unique and remarkable archive of original newspapers and press cuttings from the UK and around the world.

Event time: 18.15 – 19.00
Price: Price £3.50 (limited to 20 places)

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Thursday 20 July 2006
Gallery Tour

Enjoy a private tour of the exhibition led by John Frost, who has provided all the newspapers in the exhibition from his personal archive.

The John Frost Newspaper Archive service started in 1964, having grown out of a hobby started by John Frost in the early 1930s. Throughout his wartime service and the decades since, he has avidly collected newspapers and has built a truly unique and remarkable archive of original newspapers and press cuttings from the UK and around the world.

Event time: 18.15 – 19.00
Price: Price £3.50 (limited to 20 places)

Book now


Thursday 27 July 2006
Gallery Tour

Enjoy a private tour of the exhibition led by John Frost, who has provided all the newspapers in the exhibition from his personal archive.

The John Frost Newspaper Archive service started in 1964, having grown out of a hobby started by John Frost in the early 1930s. Throughout his wartime service and the decades since, he has avidly collected newspapers and has built a truly unique and remarkable archive of original newspapers and press cuttings from the UK and around the world.

Event time: 18.15 – 19.00
Price: Price £3.50 (limited to 20 places)

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Workshops

Monday 12 June 2006
How to get the most out of your Newspaper Research Workshop

Focusing on the British Library's huge collection of British and overseas newspapers, the workshop will look at the key resource discovery tools, both printed and electronic, for identifying newspapers and exploring their content, and provide advice and guidance on using the Newspapers Reading Room at the British Library's Colindale site.

Stewart Gillies is Reference Specialist, British Library Newspapers.

Included in the ticket price is a special behind the scenes tour of the Newspaper Library at Colindale. You will be able to book for the tour on the day of the workshop.

Event time: 14.00-16.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)

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Monday 25 September 2006
How to get the most out of your Newspaper Research Workshop

Focusing on the British Library's huge collection of British and overseas newspapers, the workshop will look at the key resource discovery tools, both printed and electronic, for identifying newspapers and exploring their content, and provide advice and guidance on using the Newspapers Reading Room at the British Library's Colindale site.

Stewart Gillies is Reference Specialist, British Library Newspapers.

Included in the ticket price is a special behind the scenes tour of the Newspaper Library at Colindale. You will be able to book for the tour on the day of the workshop.

Event time: 14.00-16.00
Location: Conference Centre, St Pancras
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)

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Front Page Goes Regional

The Front Page exhibition is so good that we want to share it! Over 80 libraries and local study centres across the UK are holding exhibitions, talks and workshops based on themes taken from the exhibition at the British Library this summer.

Regional newspaper archives hold a wealth of information about your local area and the people that lived there. Yesterday’s papers can help you to find out more about your ancestors, your local sports team, local celebrities, celebrations or disasters and more. You can hunt out that picture from your school play that was in print all those years ago.

See your local press, visit your local library or check out the list of venues hosting Front Page regional activities to see what’s happening where you are (more venues will be included later).

If you work in a library or local study centre and would like to find out more about the resources available to you, please contact us.

Email: stephanie.kenna@bl.uk

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