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Getting the Message Out: From Pamphleteers to Bloggers


Our collection of over 1300 Victorian pamphlets illustrates how the medium was used by campaigners and agitators of the nineteenth century to promote and discuss radical new ideas and disseminate information to the masses. The collection covers key contentious issues of the day, ranging from parliamentary reform to secularism, gender equality to freedom of the press and even an atheist Victorian sci-fi tale! Many of the subject matters are still hotly debated today, but the message has moved from print to online spaces, in the form of blogs and social media.