The Times Digital Archive

Read by both world leaders and the general public, The Times has offered readers in-depth, award-winning and objective coverage of world events since its creation 1785 and is the oldest daily newspaper in continuous publication.

The Times Digital Archive is an online, full-text facsimile of more than 200 years of The Times, one of the most highly regarded resources for the 19th – 20th Century history detailing every complete page of every issue from 1785. This historical newspaper archive allows researchers an unparalleled opportunity to search and view the best-known and most cited newspaper in the world online in its original published context.


Available Now - The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2008

Enriching  users’ research experience for close to a decade, the existing The Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985,   has offered university students, researchers, public library patrons and schools unprecedented online access to The Times. Recently, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has extended its coverage of The Times by adding an extra 20 yearsof content to the archive. The extended version  of the archive — The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2008 —  offers users an extra 584,000 pages of quality journalism that covers local and world events in-depth from 1986 to 2008, bringing the archive almost up to the present day. The new edition also features an enhanced new user interface that facilitates time-saving search, browse and download options.

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2008 offers access to 220 years of The Times and contains in total:
  • 1.4m pages
  • Nearly 70,000 issues 
  • More than 11m articles
  • Circulation figures for The Times - approx. 430,000

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2008  enables users to extend their searches through the 1980s, 1990s and the early years of the new millenium, reading and viewing recent history as it happened. From pictures capturing the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, to reports on the attack on the World Trade Centre in 2001, and the trial and subsequent execution of Saddam Hussein in 2006,  events that have shaped the late 20th century/early 21st century world come vividly to life.  In addition to the regular news, from 1986-2008 The Times expanded its sports and cultural coverage with the increase of weekend supplements, giving the researcher of today an even broader –and deeper- insight into our modern world.


The archive supports research across multiple disciplines and areas of interest: in business, humanities, political science, philosophy and numerous other subjects with coverage of all major international historical events.

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For existing customers of the Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985 wishing to upgrade to this latest edition please contact emea.marketing@cengage.com

The Times Digital Archive on Gale NewsVault

The Times  Digital Archive is a part of the Gale NewsVault programme. Gale NewsVault delivers 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.

Gale NewsVault is 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.

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Please note:

“Our databases and digital archives are only available for institutions to trial and purchase. They are not available at this stage for individual subscriptions. For individuals seeking specific content within one of our resources, Gale, part of Cengage Learning does not have the rights to provide this service. If you wish to obtain a specific article, issue or book, please contact your library and enquire about online access to our products. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”