About the Independent Digital Archive, 1986-2012

Access to the fully digitised and searchable copy of The Independent, a major British daily national newspaper launched in 1986 to provide a more centrist point of view in the face of more politicized rivals.

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Key features

This digital archive extends from the Independent’s launch in 1986 until 2012 and includes the popular Independent on Sunday from 1990 onwards. The reason this archive is so important is because it provides:

  • Political balance - as a broadly centrist publication, it provides an essential alternative voice to the centre-right and right wing views of The Times and the Daily Mail. It has no affiliations to any major political party or corporation;
  • Coverage of controversial key stands the newspaper took such as campaigns against the 2003 Iraq war, criticism of US and UK foreign and domestic policy related to the War on Terror and highlighting the dangers of climate change;
  • Innovative and radical design in its layout and presentation of the news which will be of interest to those who follow media, art and graphic design;
  • Contributions from world renown journalists such as Robert Fisk (seven times international journalist of the year) and Andrew Marr and authors such as Bill Bryson and Helen Fielding;
  • A key resource for the study of late 20th century and early 21st century history, media, culture, and society especially the Middle East and Africa.

This eResource allows you to search every word, browse individual issues, save articles and pages, bookmark, email and print results.

More information

You can also search this eResource with Gale NewsVault which allows you to simultaneously search many other historical newspapers at the same time according to your selection. The Independent Digital Archive brings a major alternative perspective to the news of the day presented in other Gale NewsVault archives, particularly the more conservative and establishment-supporting views contained in the Times Digital Archive and the Daily Mail Historical Archive.

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