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"The Listener was where the British did their thinking. Literate and engaged, it had the mild irony of all the best of British culture. "
Jean Seaton, Professor of Media History and Official Historian of the BBC,
The University of Westminster Read more>>
"The Listener is a great resource for me because it's basically the only written record of the mid-20th-century BBC that's widely available."
Ariel Buckley, a PhD candidate, McGill University, Canada Read more>>
This new digital collection from Gale offers researchers and students
access to the complete, fully searchable facsimile archive of The Listener
the BBC periodical published from 1929-1991. The online archive
consists of the complete 62 year run of the paper, allowing users to
search across 129,000 pages and more than 226,000 articles - all newly digitised from originals in full
About The ListenerThe 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.
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.
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.
For research, teaching and learning
The complete facsimile
run of The Listener
is an important resource for all humanities and
social sciences courses, especially:
- Media Studies
- Cultural Studies
For researchers: Twentieth-century British studies (especially
post-1945) is a growing and multi-disciplinary area, but few digital
resources exist. The Listener Historical Archive opens up a potentially vast research field.
For students: The
rise of broadcast media is arguably the most transformative event in
modern society. As our main record of the first decades of broadcasting –
including transcripts of programmes - The Listener Historical Archive is an essential teaching
The Listener Historical Archive on Gale NewsVault
The Listener Historical Archive
is a part of the Gale NewsVault
programme. Gale NewsVault
the definitive cross-searching experience for exploring Gale’s range of
historical newspaper collections. Users can simultaneously search or
browse across some of the best-known and well-respected newspaper
collections available internationally to date, including The Economist Historical Archive
and the Financial Times Historical Archive.
Providing access to 15 million digitised facsimile pages, and more that 400 years of content, Gale NewsVault
provides an unparalleled window to the past.
available to all Gale historical newspaper collection customers now,
free of charge, enabling users to cross-search all of the Gale
historical newspaper collections that an institution holds.Click here for more details
Please note: The Listener Historical Archive
is only available for
institutions to trial and purchase. The archive is not available at this stage
for individual subscriptions. For individuals seeking a copy of an issue/issues
or a specific article within The Listener
, Gale, part of Cengage Learning
does not have the rights to provide this service. If you wish to obtain a
specific article or issue, please contact your public library and enquire about
online access to our products. Otherwise, it may be worth visiting a library
that holds the physical copies.