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Exhibition to mark 140 years of breaking news

More than a century of British life as captured by the Press Association will be on view at a new exhibition opening in Yorkshire this weekend.

‘Breaking News: 140 Years of the Press Association’ opens at the National Media Museum in Bradford this Saturday and runs until 18 January.

The display will include images from the agency’s seven-million strong picture archive which haven’t been seen since their first publication decades ago.

It also aims to give visitors an insight into the agency’s work, including the opportunity to try their hand at being a picture editor.

  • A 1930s picture of despatch manager Walter Cattermole with PA news messenger
    boys outside the agency’s old building in Fleet Street
  • PA says the display will give visitors “a definitive insight” into the workings of the agency, detailing how it gathers and delivers breaking news to the UK media at the touch of a button.

    Editor Jonathan Grun said: “Press Association journalism is all about fast, fair and accurate storytelling and for the past 140 years we have told the story of our nation in daily instalments.

    “The story might be about Gordon Brown, or Kelly Brook, or Big Brother. It might be the story of the century, or it might be completely forgotten by tomorrow – but today it is news.

    “In the years ahead no doubt technology will change and make today’s state-of-the-art systems seem as primitive as cave painting. What will not change is that people will still be hungry for great stories and brilliant images that capture their imagination.”

    The National Media Museum’s curator of photographic technology, Colin Harding added: “Often without knowing it, the public see the work of the Press Association on a daily basis, simply by picking up a newspaper or logging on to a news website.

    “‘Breaking News’ presents a unique opportunity for visitors to go behind the scenes and see exactly how we get our front page news.”