The Illustrated London News Archive Library: 1842-2003 – what a gem

Cover The Illustrated London News Archive Library is a fabulous addition to our collection of historical newspapers.

In the days before electronic media and popular travel, The Illustrated London News offered a view of the world that most of its readers could only otherwise imagine. With its début in 1842, The Illustrated London News  became the world’s first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, marking a revolution in journalism.

The publication presented a vivid picture of world events – including news of war, disaster, the arts and science – with coverage ranging from the Great Fire of Hamburg to Queen Victoria’s fancy dress ball at Buckingham Palace – both which feature in the first issue.

In this electronic resource library users have online access to the entire run of the ILN from its first publication on 14 May 1842 to its last in 2003. Each page has been digitally reproduced in full colour.  Facsimiles of these articles and illustrations can be viewed, printed and saved either individually or in the context of the page they appear in.

Illustrated London NewsThis resource can support scholarly and enthusiast research in social history, fashion, theatre, media, literature, advertising, graphic design and politics, as well as those interested in genealogy.

Have an explore and recommend at will.

You can access the Illustrated London News Archive Library and many other useful electronic resources from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our community libraries.

3 thoughts on “The Illustrated London News Archive Library: 1842-2003 – what a gem

  1. Jack Langstaff 25 August 2010 / 12:34 pm

    I have come in possesion of a couple of London news volumes about 1 1/2″ thick dated July 19, 1851 and July 9, 1853 all bound, binding is somewhat failing but the pages are wonderfully preserved. Would there be any interest in these volumes?

    • Colleen - Content 26 August 2010 / 2:47 pm

      Hello Jack,

      I will ask around our archives people to see what they think and get back to you!


  2. Donna 25 August 2010 / 3:06 pm

    Hi Jack, thanks for your query. I will refer your query on to our Content team.

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