Monday 5 November 2018
Join Lord Robin Butler, Sir Christopher Meyer and Alex Aiken, Executive Director of Government Communication, on 12 November for a discussion of 100 Years of Government Communications.
In ‘100 Years of Government Communication’, historian Alexander McKenna uncovers the story behind the headlines and charts the development of the communications function from the First World War through to the present day.
McKenna examines how, during the First and Second World Wars, the “mastery of information was crucial to victory and with it the preservation of the ultimate ‘truth’ of the nation’s parliamentary democracy”.
As well as introducing the many personalities who helped shape what is now called the Government Communication Service, the author looks at claims of propaganda in the first half of the century, and spin in the latter half.
The use of advertising through the ages is also explored, demonstrating that while it has dramatically changed, the underlying communications’ principles of educating the public has remained the same.
On 12 November, Alex Aiken will be joined by Lord Robin Butler, Private Secretary to five Prime Ministers and Head of the Home Civil Service under Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair, Sir Christopher Meyer, former ambassador to the US and No. 10 Press Secretary, and Alexander McKenna. Tickets are extremely limited so book now to avoid disappointment.
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Click here to read Alexander McKenna’s 100 Years of Government Communication.