Explore the History of the Magazine Industry in the Latest Professorial Lecture at The Hive

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A history of Britain’s magazine publishing industry will be explored during a special lecture at The Hive next month.

Professor Howard Cox will deliver the latest in the University of Worcester’s Professorial Lecture Series on Wednesday, November 5, with a talk titled ‘Why austerity Britain gorged on magazines: the making of a monopoly in the magazine industry’.

It follows the publication of Professor Cox’s co-authored book, Revolutions from Grub Street, a history of magazine publishing in Britain. The book charts the evolution of Britain’s popular magazine industry from its seventeenth century origins through to the modern digital age.

“Over the last 300 years the fortunes of consumer magazine publishers in Britain have waxed and waned,” said Professor Cox. “One particularly golden age for these firms occurred during the era of post-war austerity, covering the late 1940s and early 1950s. My lecture will explore the reasons why magazine publishers flourished at this time by analysing the relationship between technological innovation, politics, and the prevailing socio-economic conditions. It will also explain why, as Britain’s economic austerity turned to prosperity, the profits of magazine publishers declined, leading the industry after 1960 to become a virtual monopoly controlled by Cecil King’s gigantic IPC publishing concern.”

The lecture will take place at The Hive library in Worcester on Wednesday, November 5 at 5.30pm and entry is free of charge.

The monthly lectures have been running at The Hive since February, with a break for the summer, and have so far covered topics as varied as the history of local theatre, the ongoing story of DNA and whether or not it is possible to live well with dementia.

The series will continue with Professor Jean Webb on ‘devouring books: food and fiction for children and schools’ on December 3.

For information on courses at the University of Worcester come along to our Open Days, taking place on Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st.