‘Fake News’ uncovered at the Cromwell Museum
‘Fake News’ may be all over the news and social media today, but the phenomenon is really nothing new! The English Civil War of the 1640s was the first ‘Fake News’ conflict in the English language, with an explosion of printed material, the birth of the popular press and use of propaganda to promote a cause. A special event on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September by the Cromwell Museum will bring to life these events and show how printing worked, as one of the courtrooms in Huntingdon Town Hall is turned into a recreation of a 17th century printers’ workshop.
Members of the Times Past Living History group will be bringing in a replica of a 17th century printing press and demonstrating how pages were created for the newsbooks of the period, from typesetting to bookbinding. Visitors can even take a souvenir page away with them! Those attending can then cross the road to see examples of original 17th century pamphlets and documents on display in the Museum.
Stuart Orme, Curator of the Cromwell Museum says, “This is a great opportunity to find out about the ‘information age’ – 1600s style, by seeing how books, pamphlets and newspapers were produced at that time, perhaps even helping operate the press!”
The ‘Fake News’ event runs from 10.30am until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday in Huntingdon Town Hall; admission is free of charge. For more information visit the Cromwell Museum’s website at www.cromwellmuseum.org or follow its social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Source: Press Release from the Cromwell Museum