6. Radical Reading: Reynolds News, Sunday Citizen

Reynolds's Illustrated News 17 August 1930 p.1

Reynolds’s Illustrated News 17 August 1930 p.1

Reynolds News was a radical weekly newspaper published from 1850-1967.  Founded by prolific popular author and Chartist G.M.W. Reynolds, the paper later passed from family ownership to the National Co-operative Press.  It changed its name several times, ending up as The Sunday Citizen.  Find out more about Reynolds News, its name changes, and the story of the set at Bradford University on the collection web page.

Reynolds News is significant for historians because it offers an alternative to papers of record, such as The Times.  It was politically radical and aimed at working class readers.  Contents were often sensational, featuring plenty of  glamour, sex, crime, and sport, alongside thoughtful pieces about politics and ideas.  Well-known authors and thinkers contributed, notably J.B. Priestley, who wrote over fifty articles and book reviews for the paper.

J.B. Priestley article, Reynolds' News 9 June 1940 p. 6

J.B. Priestley article, Reynolds News 9 June 1940 p. 6

Unfortunately, as usual with historic newspapers, our set is in very poor condition.  Even the conserved volumes cannot stand much handling.  This is frustrating because the rich and relatively underused content cannot be easily shared with readers.  Furthermore, the paper is not indexed.   We are delighted that the British Library digitised the 19th century volumes of Reynolds in its British Newspapers programme, making them searchable and really usable for the first time in their long lives.

Is this man an anarchist?  Union advertisement from Reynolds News 5 October 1919 p.3

From Reynolds News 5 October 1919

3 responses to “6. Radical Reading: Reynolds News, Sunday Citizen

  1. Kellie Williams

    I am looking for old copies of Reynolds news from1948 or 1949. My nan was on the front page with a guardsman. Would you know where I could look for it?

    • Thanks for getting in touch. Old newspapers sometimes pop up on ebay and there are various companies who specialise in selling them – easily googled. However, Reynolds seems to be pretty rare in both. If you wanted a copy of that story only, not a whole paper, a library holding that paper might be able to supply a copy. In this case, ourselves or the British Library. If you’d like me to see whether we have this issue and to quote for making a copy, please email us at special-collections@bradford.ac.uk and we will get back to you directly. Thanks.

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