Newspaper holdings

The History Centre has a large number of local newspaper titles:

Newspaper holdings
Title  Covering Dates 
Hull Packet  1787 - 1886
Hull Advertiser  1794 - 1867
Hull Rockingham  1808 - 1840
Eastern Counties Herald  1838 - 1884
Eastern Morning News   1864 - 1929
Hull News 1852 - 1929
Hull Times (City and County Editions) 1857 - 1984
Hull Daily News/Evening News 1884 - 1930
Hull Daily Mail 1885 - Date
The Hull Sentinel 1928 - 1963

We also hold copies of:

  • The Flashback series, a monthly Hull Daily Mail publication containing 20th century photographs of people, places and events in Hull – it is indexed by subject and names for ease of access
  • various free newspapers – e.g. The Hull Star and The Hull Advertiser


Most of these titles can be viewed on microfilm at the Hull History centre, except:

  • Hull Daily Mail - available on microfilm up to 31 Dec 2016. Issues dated 1 Jan 2017 onwards, we will issue the paper copy in the Searchroom.

Alternatively, issues from 2006 onwards are available online at ProQuest UK Newsstand which you can access at or the History Centre or Hull Libraries.

  • Flashback - now available on microfilm up to Mar 2016; later issues should be requested in the Searchroom.


There are also a selection of subject and biographical indexes for some of our newspaper collections: These are available in the library area.

  • Hull Advertiser, 1794-1825; edited by K. A. MacMahon (also available to view in the Searchroom, ref: L 072)
  • Hull Advertiser, 1826-1857; by J. Meadley (2 vols) (also available to view in the Searchroom, ref: L 072)
  • Hull Times, 1857-1945; by J. Meadley (edited by Robert Barnard, 8 vols) (also available to view online or as a hard copy in the searchroom)
  • Hull Advertiser obituaries, 1800-1850 (Card index)
  • Hull Daily Mail, 1940s-2010 (incomplete) (Card and printed indexes)
  • The Flashback series is indexed in our Information Index (Card index)

In addition we have a number of military indexes to the Hull Daily Mail and Hull Times, all compiled by Malcolm and Mary Mann. These are all available in the Searchroom with some duplicate copies in the library area. They can be searched by name to find casualties, fatalities and occasional other reports:

  • Hull Times, Index to the Great War 1914-15
  • Hull Daily Mail, Index to the Great War
  • Hull Daily Mail, Index of WWII, 1939-1946
  • Hull Daily Mail, Military Index, 1992-1994

Another newspaper which includes online listings of WWI and WWII records plus civilian and military medals of the 20th century is the London Gazette, which is accessible for free online.

The British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive, published by Find My Past in partnership with the British Library, is available free in the History Centre and in Hull Libraries.

It gives access to the British Library’s digitised holdings of regional newspapers from around the British Isles which can be searched for people places or events. These include local ones such as the Hull Packet (1800-1886), Hull Daily Mail (1885-1950) and the Beverley Guardian (1856-1867). It is an ongoing project and is not complete.