The Diaries of Preston Journalist Anthony Hewitson (1836-1912)
The only known diaries of a Victorian UK provincial journalist, those of Anthony Hewitson (1836-1912) of Preston, are available at Lancashire Archives
The first volume of a scholarly edition of the diaries was published last year, edited by Dr Andrew Hobbs, a historian of journalism who previously worked as a newspaper reporter.
The diaries and associated material were written between 1862 and 1912, and tell us about Victorian fatherhood, family life, and the culture of Victorian Preston, where Hewitson spent most of his life.
They also lift the veil of anonymity hiding the people, processes and networks involved in the creation of Victorian newspapers. Hewitson went from printer’s apprentice to newspaper reporter and eventually editor of his own paper, while freelancing for The Times, Manchester Guardian and many other papers. The diaries are a lively account of the reporter’s daily round, covering meetings and court cases, hunting for gossip or attending public executions and variety shows.
They also reveal a loving father and husband who was active in the life of Preston. Andrew will discuss some of the highlights of the diaries, and explain their significance and their value to family, local and academic historians.
This event is in association with Preston Historical Society, as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations.