Manchester Libraries make the Guardian and Observer archives available online

If you have a card for Manchester Libraries you can now access full-content archives of The Guardian and The Observer newspapers via the online 24 Hour Library service.

The newly-added archive covers The Guardian from 1821-2003 and The Observer from 1791-2003. The years from 2003 to date can be seen via the existing NewsBank service.

So, in a nutshell you can see any page from any issue and it’s free.

This is an amazing resource to have at our fingertips. Particularly as the newspaper was known as The Manchester Guardian until the late 1960’s and was based in offices on Cross Street where Boots is now. So there is a wealth of historical information about the city.

The Times is also available from 1785 to the current date and The Newsbank service provides issues of many newspapers from Britain and around the world, from the last 10-25 years. Including the Manchester Evening News, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, the Mirror…

There are many other free resources in the 24 Hour Library including reference services and the Naxos Music Library which provides 18,000 CDs to listen to.



  • David Murphy says:

    Do the Manchester Guardian archives have a WW2 photo of a Spitfire flown inverted by Alex Henshaw down a main street?
    In his book “Sigh for a Merlin” he says that it was front page news and titled “Rolling to Victory”
    It would be interesting after all this time….
    Best regards
    David Murphy
    Adelaide, South Australia

  • GS says:

    I’ve done a few searches of the archives of The Guardian and The Times with various keywords. I can’t find that headline in either.

    I found two articles. One in The Guardian on May 3, 1996 about the Diamond Jubilee air show at the Imperial War Museum is a big photo of him standing next to a spitfire with a caption. There are just two results in The Guardian for “spitfire AND henshaw.”

    The other article, in The Times of March 6, 2006, is about him taking to the skies again at age 93.

    It could be in there somewhere. There will be a lot of articles that mention spitfires and his name may not be included.

    Or is it possible that it was in a different paper?


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