Multi-disciplinary resource

The ILN covers a wide range of subject areas in the 19th and 20th centuries making it an invaluable resource for multi-disciplinary research. Areas include:

  • The Arts - reports and pictures of prominent art figures of the 19th and 20th centuries including: opera singers, vaudeville stars, painters and stars of stage and screen

  • Discovery and Exploration - ILN readers could follow in illustration the exploits of David Livingstone in the the Congo, and at different times Stanley, Franklin and Burton and later, Shackleton and Scott

  • Fashion - the ILN's fashion column provides a unique insight into the styles of the day, from corsets through to flapper dresses. The advertising pages provide a sociological view of fashion, with adverts for mourning clothes, undergarments, evening wear, jewellery and cosmetics

  • Industry and Trade - covers the growth of the industrial North, living conditions experienced by the working man, trade imports from the colonies, strikes, child employment, domestic servants and agriculture

  • Military History - ILN war artists were sent to all corners of the earth to cover the wars of the 19th and 20th centuries including: 1848 revolution in France, the Crimean War, American Civil War, the Boer War, World Wars I and II

  • Politics - fine illustrations chronicle the great statesmen of the Victorian era – Peel, Wellington , Palmerston, Disraeli and Gladstone and their cabinets. The ILN also documents the major players during the two world wars and the years in between

  • Science, Medicine and Progress - ILN was keen to enlighten its readers about the latest advances providing engravings of the first letterbox in London, reporting of the laying of the Transatlantic telegraph cable and explanations of the workings of an early light bulb

  • Social History - illustrated coverage of servants, female suffrage, strikes, homes, crime, leisure, emigration, and religion

  • Sport -  football, rugby, tennis, cricket to the more unusual cock-fighting, curling and pig-sticking

  • Transport - the ILN archive offers a comprehensive record of transport through the past 160 years including reports of the first steam omnibus, landmarks in motor car manufacture and the first historic flight by the Wright Brothers in 1903

  • Travel-  global reports on people and places within the Empire and beyond.


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