A hundred and thirty years of the Isle of Wight’s history has now gone up online, thanks to a newspaper’s digital archive.
The Isle of Wight County Press, established in 1884 and still in the same family’s ownership, has been investing heavily in transferring every edition from microfilm to digital format.
Now the Isle of Wight County Press Archive – available through the newspaper’s website iwcp.co.uk – is complete, with more than 160,000 pages in 6,000 editions available in searchable PDF format.
Everything from the death of Queen Victoria at Osborne House to the two World Wars, and important family moments for islanders, is now available at the click of a mouse.
Initial feedback has been very positive, with hundreds of people signing up.
Users can access the information by purchasing a subscription or credits for page views.
The project has taken around 18 months to complete and has involved the pages being scanned from microfilm and digitized in partnership with the paper’s web provider, Matrix Create.
Robin Freeman, MD of the Isle of Wight County Press Group said: “We hope islanders will find it a fascinating resource and we envisage it being vital to those doing genealogy research and to historical societies.
“School and university students should also benefit from the vast wealth of information about the Isle of Wight over the past 130 years.
“We are rightly proud of our history, and are delighted to give the public the chance to share in that.”