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 Observer 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.

Access our list of newspapers (PDF, 35KB) held at the Record Office. 

We advise you to book a microfilm reader before you visit if you wish to consult any of the Isle of Wight papers:

  • County Press
  • Observer
  • Times
  • Weekly Post. 

To book a film viewer, contact us by email or phone.

Some volumes of The Isle of Wight Advertiser/Mercury are too fragile to be produced. We advise you to check the list before ordering the volume from our strongroom.

Access the full list of volumes (PDF, 49KB) which can be produced.

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