In response to the current Covid-19 outbreak Manx National Heritage, the National Heritage Agency for the Isle of Man has announced free access to its digital newspaper collections from today.
iMuseum Newspapers and Publications provides digital access to the most complete run of Isle of Man newspapers from 1792 to 1960, along with additional publications relevant to the heritage of the Island.
The original newspapers and publications are all held at the Manx National Heritage Library and Archives at the Manx Museum.
To search the online newspaper archive, simply type a word or a phrase in the search-box at www.imuseum.im/newspapers/. Once you’ve made a search you can also browse, read and download entire newspapers. For those new to the website a weekly tip on how best to search, save and share what you find will be posted on the Manx National Heritage Facebook page. A full list of the newspapers and publications searchable on the website is at www.imuseum.im/newspapers/.
During the period of free access, there will be no need to subscribe or create a login account. All customers with existing subscriptions will have their subscriptions credited with additional time once the period of free access concludes.
Jude Dicken, Collections Information Manager for Manx National Heritage says,
“We know how much people love searching the newspapers for a whole variety of reasons. The island’s newspapers really did report every aspect of island life, from the big to the small, the more recent with photographs. For those doing their family history the newspapers are a vital source, but for others it offers the surprise of reading or spotting someone you know. It’s so easy to use, just type in a word and away you go. There are fascinating, weird and wonderful stories to uncover and share. But be warned, with so many newspapers and so many articles, many not read since they were first printed, it’s hugely addictive!”
Editor’s Notes: About Manx National Heritage
Manx National Heritage is responsible for protecting and promoting the Isle of Man’s natural and cultural heritage. It is an Isle of Man registered charity (No 603) and looks after some of the Island’s most special places, spaces, archives and museum collections, making these available to a worldwide audience.