skip to content

Cambridge Libraries


On this page, you will find newspapers and news sites published in the United Kingdom available to current staff and students of the University of Cambridge.  Details of coverage of current and archival issues are included.

17th-18th Century British Library Newspapers

Over 1,270 newsbooks, newspapers, pamphlets and a variety of other news materials published in England, Ireland and Scotland, plus papers from British colonies in Asia and the Americas. The collection is particularly rich in 18th century London newspapers, including the Daily Courant from 1702 to 1735, the first daily newspaper published in London, and the London Gazette from 1665.

Periodicals, such as Tatler (1709-1711) and Spectator (1711-1712), are also included as are English provincial titles from 1712, Irish newspapers (the earliest being the Dublin Intelligence of 1691), Scottish newspapers from 1708 onwards, and many 18th century American newspapers, including the New England Courant (1721-1723)


19th Century UK Periodicals Series 1 New Readerships

Nineteenth-century periodical literature published in the UK, of particular interest to those researching nineteenth-century history, literature and culture, empire, feminism, the history of the book, the creative and performing arts, sport and leisure, science and medicine, and the professions. The first part (New Readerships) covers Women’s, Children’s, Humour and Leisure/Sport.


British Library Newspapers

National, regional, and local 19th century British newspapers, including 48 titles, totalling approximately 2.2 million pages, which reflect the social and political developments of the time. The collection focuses on London national newspapers, English regional papers, home country newspapers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and titles in specialist areas such as Victorian radicalism and Chartism


British Periodicals 1 and 2

Traces the development and growth of the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century through to the Victorian 'age of periodicals' and beyond.   Access to full-text of nearly 460 British popular and literary periodicals published from the 17th century to the early 20th century, including the Anti-Slavery Reporter, London Review, Royal Magazine or Gentleman’s Monthly Companion, some religious titles such as The Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine.


Daily Express

Searchable database of the newspaper. Here you can view, download and print historic pages from Daily Express newspaper dating back to 1900. The Sunday Express is also available from 2000.


Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2016

Described by the New Yorker as "the newspaper that rules Britain," the Daily Mail has been at the heart of British journalism since 1896, regularly changing the course of government policy and setting the national debate. It currently boasts a circulation of over 2 million, and its website is the most visited news site in the world.

(Mail on Sunday Historical Archive, 1982-2011 is also available.)


Daily Star

The Daily Star Archive archive is a fully searchable database of the newspaper. Here you can view, download and print pages from Daily Star newspaper dating back to 2000. The Daily Star Sunday is also available, complete from 2002



Access to the current issues of The Economist from 29th September 2008 to present. The Economist Online offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science and technology via the ABI/Inform platform.


Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003

Searchable complete facsimile edition of The Economist.  8,000 issues and more than 600,0000 pages, offering full-colour images, multiple search indexes, topic and area supplements and surveys, together with a gallery of front covers (via the browse by date option). Maps, images and financial tables can be searched separately. Selected financial tables published after May 1983 can be exported using links in the blue box to left of the page image.



Dow Jones collection of business and general news from 14,000 sources. A wide variety of UK and foreign newspapers and news sources including the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. Individual titles can be searched in iDiscover.


Financial Times (FT)

The Financial Times is the world’s premier newspaper for business and economics. access significantly enhances the Cambridge reader’s existing access via Factiva and ABI/Inform, providing up-to-the-minute news coverage, all statistical sources and their full visualization online, personalization of content, and companies and markets data.


Financial Times (FT) Archive

The complete run of the London edition of this internationally known daily paper, from its first issue through 2016. Every article, advertisement, and market listing is included -- shown both individually and in the context of the full page and issue of the day. Each item has been subject- or topic-categorized for fast retrieval and review.


Guardian & Observer

The Guardian started life as The Manchester Guardian in 1821 but changed title to The Guardian in 1959. The papers are fully cross-searchable with the other newspapers on the ProQuest Historical Newspapers platform, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Times of India. As well as browsing of discrete issues, there are multiple ways to search and across different content types (articles; cartoons; advertisements etc.).



Verbatim report of the proceedings of the House of Commons and House of Lords.


Hansard Corpus databases

Searchable database of the speeches of the British Parliament from 1803 to 2005.


Illustrated London News Historical Archive

Fully searchable archive of all issues from 1842 to 2003 of the world's renowned pictorial weekly newspaper.


The Independent Archive

The Independent is a major British daily national newspaper, launched in 1986 as an antidote to its often overtly political rivals. Its evolution over a quarter of a century has been considerable, but the publication has also retained a unique position in British journalism. Featuring journalists and columnists from across the political spectrum, the paper is generally regarded as centrist, presenting fresh, alternative views on the free market, social issues, and culture


International Herald Tribune  Archive

Sold in over 160 countries and read worldwide, the International Herald Tribune is one of the most innovative and original newspapers, famous for its objective and clear coverage. Bringing an international perspective, it provides a valuable counterpoint to the Anglo-American press, adding a new dimension to research.


Irish Newspaper Archive

Digital archives of many of Ireland's historical newspapers from the 1700s to the present, including out of print publications


Irish Times

Over 150 years of Irish Times journalism, as it originally appeared in print. Searchable by keyword and date, reproductions of every page of The Irish Times from 1859 up to the last 7 days.


LexisNexis Butterworths

A wide selection of UK newspapers, including regional titles, with backfiles (coverage varies between publications).  Select "News" from the navigation bar at the top of the screen.


The Listener Archive

A weekly magazine established by the BBC in 1929 under its director-general, Lord Reith. It was the intellectual counterpart to the BBC listings magazine, Radio Times. Developed as the medium for reproducing broadcast talks -- initially on radio, but in later years television as well -- the Listener is one of the few records and means of accessing the content of many early broadcasts. In addition to commentary expanding on the intellectual broadcasts of the week, the Listener also previewed major literary and musical shows and regularly reviewed new books.


London Review of Books

Full access to the LRB, “Europe’s leading magazine of culture and ideas”.

Mail on Sunday historical Archive 1982-2011

The Mail on Sunday was established in 1982 under the same ownership but editorially separate from the Daily Mail. Now, four decades of British and world history can be explored online through the full run of this generally conservative, sometimes sensationalist tabloid paper and its supplements. The Mail on Sunday presents detailed reporting and analysis of events in British history from the premiership of Margaret Thatcher to that of David Cameron, and of world events from the Falklands War to international terrorism in the early 21st century.

(Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2016 is also available.)

Mirror Archive

The Daily Mirror (working-class) and the Daily Mail (middle class) challenged the broadsheet dominance of newspapers such as The Times and The Telegraph, providing both an alternative view and journalistic style which went on to dominate the British newspaper market in the second half of the twentieth century.

Nichols Newspaper Collection

John Nichols (1745–1826) was a printer and former Master of the Stationers’ Company, biographer of Hogarth and Swift, and writer of a county history of Leicestershire. He began collecting newspapers around 1778 through purchasing a large share in the Gentleman’s Magazine, who had provided Samuel Johnson with his first regular employment as a writer. Not only did he collect many more materials after this, he also made them available to scholars, a tradition continued by the Bodleian Library, and now Gale. The collection contains over 150,000 pages of printed text, spanning nearly 100 years of history


Nineteenth Century Serials Edition

19th century periodicals and newspapers, including Monthly Repository, Unitarian Chronicle, Northern Star, Leader, English Woman's Journal, Tomahawk, and Publishers' Circular.


Punch archive

From 1841 to 1992, Punch was the world's most celebrated magazine of wit and satire. From its early years as a campaigner for social justice to its transformation into national icon, Punch played a central role in the formation of British identity -- and how the rest of the world saw the British nation.


Regional Business News

Full text of 50+ regional business publications in the UK.


Sunday Times archive

Despite the similarity of names, the Sunday Times was an entirely separate paper from The Times until 1966, when both papers came under common ownership. To this day, the Sunday Times remains editorially independent from the Times, with its own remit and perspective on the news. Available from 1822-2016.


Telegraph Archive

Directed at a wealthy, well-educated readership, the newspaper is commonly associated with traditional Toryism despite its more liberal beginnings, especially in regard to foreign policy. Under the editorship of poet and Orientalist Edwin Arnold from 1873 to 1899, the paper frequently featured articles on foreign affairs and foreign cultures. This led to The Telegraph's coverage of Henry Morton Stanley's expedition to Africa in search of David Livingstone, which was co-sponsored with the New York Herald.


Times Digital Archive

The entire content of The Times, 1785-2019, including all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching


Times Higher Education (THE)

Access to the latest weekly edition of the THE, plus access to issues back to 2013.


The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive

More than 250,000 reviews, letters, poems, and articles in over 5,000 issues of the TLS in the context in which they were originally published.  All articles are fully indexed and searchable by author and/or contributor and the identities of the contributors to the TLS who were published anonymously until 1974 are disclosed for the first time and augmented by biographical sketches


Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals

An index to the authorship of articles in Victorian periodicals, and a bibliography of articles written by each contributor, and using each pseudonym. Citations of evidence are provided to support attributions of authorship, along with brief biographical and vocational details. 45 important monthly and quarterly titles are included, covering the period from the beginning of the Westminster Review in 1824 to the end of the century. The exception to this is the Edinburgh Review, which is indexed from first issue, in 1802.


Welsh Newspapers Online

Over 1,100,000 pages from nearly 120 newspaper publications generally up to 1910 from the National Library of Wales collections.



Database of legal materials containing a significant number of national newspapers and newswires, regional newspapers, international newspapers and newswires of business, trade and industry. Select "News" from the navigation bar at the top of the screen.