Wednesday, May 23, 2012

TRIAL: The Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006

We have a trial of The Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006, until 14th June 2012.

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In the nineteenth century, The Sunday Times had similar obsessions to much of the Victorian press, with extensive coverage of court cases, executions and grisly crimes to titillate its readers. However, it also developed a reputation for its considerable arts coverage, especially the London theatre and music scene.

In the twentieth century, the newspaper returned to its founding ethos of holding the powerful to account. In 1963, it formed the Insight Team, which became world famous for cutting-edge investigative journalism. The Insight Team broke many of the key stories of the twentieth century, including a decade-long campaign for the victims of thalidomide, the exposure of Kim Philby as a Soviet double agent (1st October 1967), and the revelations about the Israeli nuclear weapons programme (5th October 1986). Articles from the Insight Team have been categorized with the label "Insight" in the archive.

Despite the similarity of names, The Sunday Times was an entirely separate paper from The Times until 1st January 1967, when both papers came under the common ownership of Times Newspapers Ltd. To this day, The Sunday Times remains editorially independent from The Times, with its own remit and perspective on the news.

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Anonymous said...

This resource is fantastically helpful for providing an insight into nineteenth/early twentieth-century life. It is invaluable for research into the visual arts, general history, suffragism, literature. I am sure numerous students and tutors could benefit from a more permanent subscription to this service.

Anonymous said...

This would be a really valuable resource for law, criminology and history students - and also a great aid for future research projects. Barry Godfrey"

Barry Godfrey
Director of Research and Professor of Social Justice