British Periodicals traces the development and growth of the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century through to the Victorian ‘age of periodicals’ and beyond. On completion, this growing collection will consist of nearly 500 titles published from the 1680s to the 1930s, comprising six million keyword-searchable pages. This archive presents an amazing depth of content, forming a record of more than two centuries of British history and culture.
Among the periodicals in included in British Periodicals are titles founded, edited or regularly contributed to by a host of important figures – Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Henry Fielding, Samuel Johnson. In addition to providing access to the original periodical versions of landmark texts, the collection offers new ways of exploring the inaccessible, neglected or forgotten writings that formed their original contexts. A wide array of different types of periodical are represented, from magisterial quarterlies and scholarly and professional organs through to coterie art periodicals, penny weeklies and illustrated family magazines. All illustrations and advertisements present in the printed source are scanned, indexed and made searchable in the electronic edition.