The Perils of Press Proprietorship in 18th Century Liverpool

March 13, 2019

Our A.G.M. on 13 March will be followed by a lecture by Dr Nick Foggo of the University of Liverpool

Our A.G.M. will be held on Wednesday, 13 March 2019, in the top floor meeting room of Liverpool Central Library starting at 2 p.m.

Following the  A.G.M. Dr Nick Foggo will be talking to us about the Liverpool press in the 18th century.

Running a newspaper has rarely been a trouble-free undertaking but in the 18th century you never quite knew what you would next be up against. Aside from the usual danger of bankruptcy, you also faced the consequences of continual wars and febrile politics. Repressive government, with its array of taxes, legal sanctions and informers, added further complications and, in Liverpool, a ruinous shipwreck was always round the corner. Despite all these perils, Liverpool’s proprietors succeeded in laying the foundations for a golden age of press reporting in the 19th century.