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    • Named after our most famous title, The Illustrated London News, ILN has a long, colourful history as the publisher of the ‘Great Eight’ illustrated weekly newspapers. The Illustrated London News was the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper. Launched in 1842 by Herbert Ingram, it closed in 2003 after an impressive 161 years. As a result, ILN holds a rich magazine archives of eight magazines and newspapers spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. With the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, ILN has now digitised the entire 1914-18 archives of the ‘Great Eight’, and made them publicly available at illustratedfirstworldwar.com. Free and fully searchable, the archive contains eight iconic publications: The Illustrated London News, The Illustrated War News and the wartime years of The Sphere, The Sketch, The Tatler, The Bystander, The Graphic and The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, forming a unique digital collection of articles and illustrations covering the entire First World War. The entire run of The Illustrated London News from 1842-2003 has also been digitised, and is available by subscription. The physical archive is managed by Mary Evans Picture Library and boasts a rich seam of illustrations, engravings and photographs
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