Friday, 13 June 2008

Times Newspaper archive now available online (with memories of Watford!)

The Times newspaper archive is now online and features "200 years of history as it appeared in the original pages of the Times Newspaper 1785-1985." Every available issue has been fully scanned and is digitally searchable. Easy navigation and the ability to print, save and email are also useful features.

The homepage is at and is free to access once registration has been completed.

Times Online Digital Newspaper Archive home page:

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Once accessed it is possible to Search for any article or news event over the 200 year archive. Access is currently free and I have tracked down a Watford FC UEFA cup match report from the mid-1980s to see how the system works (yes Watford were once in the UEFA cup!)

The Times newspaper archive system throws up all results that it deems are appropriate, showing headlines and header text:

It is then possible to click the desired article and read / save / email the editorial piece. I found a report for the UEFA Cup match that finished Levski Spartak 1 Watford 3!

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The Times Newspaper Archive Online is remarkable. The editorial depth is fantastic and it is really easy to use - a truly amazing project!

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