Monday, May 09, 2011

TRIAL: The Listener and Picture Post Historical Archives

We have trial access to:

The Listener Historical Archive 1929-1991
The Picture Post Historical Archive 1938-1957

until 9th June 2011.

Access is available at, and you will need to log in with the trial username and password. If you try either or both of these resource, please leave your feedback via the comments form below, indicating which resource(s) you are referring to.

Further information from the publishers:

The Listener was a weekly magazine established by the BBC in 1929 under its Director-General Lord Reith. It was the intellectual counterpart to the BBC listings magazine, Radio Times. Developed as the medium for reproducing broadcast talks – initially on radio, but in later years television as well - The Listener is one of the few records and means of accessing the content of many early broadcasts. As well as commenting on and expanding on the intellectual broadcasts of the week, The Listener also previewed major literary and musical programmes and regularly reviewed new books.

Over its 62 year history, it attracted the contributions of E. M. Forster, George Orwell, Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw and Virginia Woolf. It also provided an important platform for new writers and poets, with W. H. Auden, Sylvia Plath and Philip Larkin being notable examples.

Articles were diverse, with features on the death of King George V; a series of essays accompanying Sir Kenneth Clark’s landmark art history programme Civilization, interviews with authors such as Vladimir Nabokov; and the historian Geoffrey Elton writing on the decline of British universities in the 1960s. What united them was the BBC’s cultural mission (as envisaged by Reith) of educating the masses.

Covering Latin America culture and society from the 15th century to the present day, the collection consists of a Portal and Archive component. Launching with 293 portals based on Person, Topic, Event, Named Work and Country types users can delve into over 1.3M pages of archival material (Archive) and hundreds of periodicals, newspapers, magazines, reports, and data feeds (Portal). The Portal and Archive components work together in perfect complement, but each can be purchased or subscribed to individually depending on the needs of the library. The multi-disciplinary range of Gale World Scholar: Latin America & the Caribbean ensures it meets the needs of researchers, postgraduates and undergraduates with interests in regional studies, history, political science, anthropology, sociology, economics and international relations.

Gale World Scholar is unrivalled in its ability to integrate learning and research content into the one online resource, encouraging students to become researchers. This resource instructs students in the basics providing them with the essential context they need to do more challenging research.

The Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957 consists of the complete, fully searchable facsimile archive of The Picture Post, the iconic newspaper published in Britain from 1938-1957 that defined the style of photojournalism in the 20th century. As the latest addition to Gale's Historical Newspapers Collection , The Picture Post provides students and researchers with online access to a unique visual record of the 1930s to 1950s - from the humorous and light-hearted snapshots of daily life to the serious and history defining moments of domestic and international affairs.


Margaret Procter said...

I got some interesting results from a Listener search - but can't access them as I'm asked to install Adobe Flash 10.2 which doesn't seem to be available on the network. Is there any way round this?

Mark Peel said...

The Picture Post archive would be especially valuable, as we incorporate more images in teaching and as more students want to work on photographs as sources for social and cultural history.

Jon Hogg said...

These are very important archives for both teaching and research in British history, and I hope we can subscribe to these databases.