Truth and Lies: Information in the Archives

Event Details

  • Event date: 22/10/2019
  • Venue: The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Richmond, TW9 4DU

Truth and Lies: Information in the Archives

Whether we like it or not, the term ‘fake news’ has entered our common lexicon. But what might its significance be 100 years from now? How ‘new’ is this phenomenon and how can it best be preserved, curated and studied?

This interdisciplinary symposium brings together experts from several fields to interrogate how misinformation is created and spread, what its effects are, how the archive should deal with and capture it, and how scholars might interpret the evidence it yields. The outcome of this symposium will be an open ‘manifesto’ on how to deal with misinformation in our time. Attendees will also have access to a special exhibition on propaganda and documents on disinformation from the National Archives.


Book now:

Registration fee £25. Includes lunch and refreshments. A limited number of free places are available for PhD students and early career academics on a first come, first served basis. To get a free place, email

Truth and Lies in the Archives