New resource for studying 19th-century Britain

Young woman seated with dog and basket
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annual, 1898.

A National Library reader's ticket now gives access to the first part of a new digital archive.

The resource contains nearly 100 periodicals from the 19th century, providing valuable information about British life at that time. It also charts the rise of popular magazine culture and marks the start of 'lifestyle publishing'.

'New Readerships: Women's, Children's, Humour and Leisure/Sport' has 1.2 million pages, covering a varied range of subjects such as:

  • women's writing
  • politics
  • satire
  • children's entertainment
  • golf.

It is the start of a five-part series of 19th-Century UK Periodicals published by Gale Cengage Learning. All titles are fully text searchable and all the colour work has been specially captured. Most of these periodicals have not been reissued in any format since their original publication. About 40% of the content has been taken from titles held in our collections.

NLS readers can use the archive in our General Reading Room and from any computer with internet access.

29 February 2008

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