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By Louise Miskell

The promoting of information used to be a big preoccupation of the Victorian period and, starting in 1831 with the institution of the British organization for the development of technological know-how, a few nationwide our bodies have been based which used annual, week-long conferences held every year in a unique city or urban as their major software of data dissemination. Historians have lengthy regarded the facility of 'cultural capital' within the aggressive weather of the mid-Victorian years, as cities raced to equip themselves with libraries, newspapers, 'Lit. and Phil.' societies and interpreting rooms, however the staging of the good annual wisdom gala's of the interval haven't formerly been thought of during this context. The 4 nationwide institutions studied are the British organization for the development of technology (BAAS), the nationwide organization for the advertising of Social technological know-how (NAPSS), the Royal Archaeological Institute (RAI) and the Royal Agricultural Society of britain (RASE), who held annual conferences in sixty two varied provincial cities and towns from 1831 to 1884. during this e-book it really is contended that those conferences have been as very important as royal visits and significant civic ceremonies in delivering cities with a chance to advertise their very own prestige and id. through deploying a wealth of basic resource fabric, a lot of which has no longer been formerly utilised by means of city historians, this ebook deals a brand new and surely Britain-wide standpoint on a interval whilst comparability and festival with neighbouring locations was once a relentless preoccupation of city leaders.

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