An unparalleled window on over 400 years of international history

A unique view into 400+ years of history

Gale Historical Newspapers offers cross-searchable access to more than 16.7 million pages of content and over 97 million articles.  

Offering a wealth of invaluable primary source content to support teaching and learning across the curriculum, the collections offer a unique opportunity to experience key events as they happened. Being able to cross-search multiple publications simultaneously also enables coverage to be compared, and different viewpoints explored.

Schools can choose to subscribe to any 12 of a broad and expanding range of archive collections. Find out more about the collections here.

Case study: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


  • Including British newspapers, British periodicals, and US newspapers and periodicals.
  • Subject indexing to enhance content discovery across collections.
  • “Term frequency” tool allows users to see the frequency of their search term over time.
  • “Term clusters” tool allows users to see topics commonly associated with their search term.


“This is a new subscription for us and I recently demonstrated it to Year 12 History of Art students who are about to embark on their Personal Investigations. They were impressed by how many historic newspaper articles they could search at one time. The Head of Department, who arranged the session with me, pointed out how valuable it might be to anyone interested in satirical cartoons to access the digitized archive of Punch or The Illustrated London News; or how one might research historical newspapers to find contemporary criticism or reaction to a particular artist or exhibition. In a similar way, I directed a student researching Thomas Hardy for her EPQ to Gale Historical Newspapers, as a source of critical commentary.” Terri McCargar, Librarian, Latymer Upper School

Access options

IP Authentication, Referring URL, Single sign-on, Username and Password

To find out more about how the different access options work please see our General Access Information.

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