Introducing the Punch Historical Archive!


Karen, Reference Manager, writes…

Looking for some political predictions from phrenologists?  How about Victorian era investment advice? If you’re after some scathing commentary on 19th and 20th century society, look no further than the Punch Historical Archive! One hundred and fifty-one years of this legendary satirical magazine have been completely digitised and are now available at your fingertips!

Sketch of Punch by Harry Furniss, from jan 1882 edition
Furniss, Harry. “An Undoubted Old Master.” Punch Historical Archive [London, England] 14 Jan. 1882: 14. Punch Historical Archive. Web.
Spanning from the very first issue in 1841, all the way until the final issue in 1992, the database contains full colour scans of every issue.

Snippet taken from article: Public Affairs on Phrenological Principles"  Aug. 1841

“Public Affairs on Phrenological Principles.” Punch Historical Archive [London, England] 14 Aug. 1841: 57. Punch Historical Archive. Web.
In addition to providing a comprehensive archive, the database also offers a collection of fascinating essays from leading scholars.  For example, Dr Annie Grey has analysed the representations of food in Punch, while Professor Brian Maidment investigates early Victorian comics. Of particular interest may be Dr Mike Benbough-Jackson’s article exploring how Punch handled humour during the First World War.

Cartoon taken from Punch Almanack 1915
Raven-Hill, Leonard. “Almanack.” Almanack. Punch Historical Archive [London, England] 1 Jan. 1915: n.p. Punch Historical Archive. Web.
To access the Punch Historical Archive, simply visit the library’s online databases!

Business resources in Kensington Central Reference Library

Our Reference Librarian, Owen Grey, writes:

Early in 2014 the reference library subscribed to a vast number of new magazine and journal titles. Of these new titles around twenty cover business and economics!

 This adds to the great collection of business resources and other material we already have in the central library, such as:

  • Several business titles already held including the FT and the Economist
  • A good collection of books and market reports on subjects of business, finance and economics
  • Online subscription resources including COBRA (great if you wish to start your own business) and MintUK (invaluable for finding company information both individually or several in a particular area)

Of the new titles my favourite has to be the lesser known “Better Business” which has some very useful articles in it and is billed as “the small business owner’s journal”. The magazine provides tips, ideas and advice to those planning to start a business or those who have only just begun developing their own business. For example, this week’s issue contained pieces about:

  • Starting out
  • Selling your ideas
  • DIY Invoicing
  • Where to go for advice and help
  • Web design
  • Money
  • Networking tips

 …Just a few examples!

Better Business
Better Business

 However, don’t let me be the judge – come along to Kensington Reference library and decide which of our magazines is your favourite!

We will be adding regular posts about our new periodicals collection at the Kensington Central Reference Library, a wide selection of resources that cater for all tastes. Why not come in and have a look around?