Monday, 15 September 2008

Free public access to the Times online archive to end this week

Public access to the Times Online news archive, which makes available all past issues from 1785 to 1985, was launched in May at the Who Do You Think You Are Live event in London through a new website. Prior to this, it had been available through an academic version by subscription only.

Located at, the site had initially been offered for free to the public for a limited period. That period unfortunately ends on Thursday September 18th, so if you have not yet signed up, or have mountains of articles to look up, now's the time!

From Friday, the site will implement a pay-to-access structure, starting at £4.95 for a day pass, £14.95 for a monthly pass, or £74.95 for an annual membership.

By online newspaper archive standards, that is the cheapest I have come across yet, so still good value for money.

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