UCL now has access to the Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004
Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004 provides more than 100 years of the Daily Mail newspaper online. As well as the regular edition of the newspaper, the Daily Mail Historical Archive also includes the Daily Mail Atlantic Edition, which was published on board the transatlantic liners that sailed between New York and Southampton between 1923 and 1931. The newspaper can be cross-searched with other Gale/Cengage primary sources in Artemis Primary Sources
This resource will be of use for those of you who are conducting a historical inquiry on education – government policies, reports, funding etc. – and the perceptions of the press and members of the public. A quick search on the Archive on education during the interwar years, for instance, reveals views that are not dissimilar to those voiced today about schooling. Headlines such as ‘Examination Poison’* and ‘The Education Farce’** are just two examples that confirmed this in my quick search of the database.
The database has all the features necessary for a search platform, including the option to conduct an ‘Advanced search’, limiting search results by keywords and data and also by type of article e.g. editorial and commentary or feature articles. Additionally, the database allows a search within results which allows further fine-tuning of search results.
As always, you are reminded of the importance of critically evaluating information. Consider, for instance, who the target audience would have been for the Daily Mail and whether they were different to the audience today. Compare what you find on this newspaper to what other newspapers have published on the topic. In fact, it is crucial that you consider other political views. The Daily Mail is known for its support of fascism in the 1930s – but it was not the only paper to do this. You may want to look at the ProQuest Historical Newspapers Database for instance. This includes, among other titles, The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003).
* “Examination Poison.” Daily Mail [London, England] 28 Nov. 1918: 5. Daily Mail Historical Archive. Web. 19 July 2017.)
** “The Education Farce.” Daily Mail [London, England] 21 Feb. 1925: 9. Daily Mail Historical Archive. Web. 19 July 2017.