Isle of Wight Council

Local History


The Record Office holds a variety of newspapers for the Island between 1855 and 2009. The Isle of Wight County Press covers the whole island, while the Isle of Wight Obersver and Isle of Wight Times cover mostly Ryde and its environs. The Isle of Wight Mercury is concerned mainly with the news of Ventnor and its surrounding area.

For a list of newspapers held at the Record Office please Click Here. 

You are strongly advised to book a microfilm reader in advance of your visit if you wish to consult the Isle of Wight County Press, Isle of Wight Observer, Isle of Wight Times or Isle of Wight Weekly Post. To book a film viewer please telephone or email us using the details in the contact us tab above.

Some volumes of The Isle of Wight Advertiser/Mercury are too fragile to be produced, so please consult the list before ordering the volume from the strong-room.

To access a full list of volumes indicating those which can be produced please Click Here