Tom Watson

IHPRC 2015 Schedule available

With 44 papers across two intensive days in July, the International History of Public Relations Conference will have its highest-ever number of presentations. The conference on 8-9 July at Bournemouth University is being held for the sixth time and includes papers from authors in 20 countries. “The strength-in-depth of the papers shows how far the… Read more »

Abstracts for IHPRC 2015 are online

The 46 abstracts of papers chosen for presentation at the International History of Public Relations Conference 2015 are now available at: This is the largest selection of papers chosen for IHPRC since it was first held in 2010 and, says conference chair Professor Tom Watson, “it is indicative of the increasing quality of research… Read more »

IHPRC 2014 Proceedings online

The Proceedings of the International History of Public Relations Conference 2014 are now online at There are 32 papers and abstracts from historians and researchers in a dozen countries. Topics range from the PR history of the German manufacturer Krupp to classical antecedents of public relations to the communication activities of the three most… Read more »

UK PR education history online in PREF archive

An insight into the first decade of PR education in the UK has just been posted online. It is the archive of the Public Relations Educators Forum (PREF) from 1994 to 1999, its most active years. It can be found at: Catalogued by Professor Tom Watson of Bournemouth University’s Media School, it illustrates the growth… Read more »