British History in the Popular Press—Online from the Library!

Lord Byron, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, the Bronte sisters, Dickens, Conan Doyle, Kipling, H. G. Wells, Colonialism, Socialism. Experience the panorama of cultural, social, and political change in Victorian England captured in the pages of Britain’s popular press—now available from the Library in a new online resource, 19th Century UK Periodicals, Part 1: New Readerships: Women’s, Children’s, Humour, and Leisure/Sport. Nearly 600 periodical titles give you “six million pages of nineteenth-century journalism, fully searchable, sourced from the British Library, the National Library of Scotland and other specialist libraries.”

The database takes readers through the transition from horse-drawn coaches to automobiles, from painted portraits to photos, and follows the effects of modernity on “empire, feminism, the history of the book, the creative and performing arts, sport and leisure, science and medicine, the professions.” A search for “automobiles,” for example, brought to light this tidbit from Hearth & Home: An Illustrated Weekly Journal for Gentlewomen, January 26, 1899.

19th Century UK Periodicals is one of the many online resources offered by the Library. Please check out our list of new online resources. It’s updated daily!

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