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    Hi all,

    Not sure if this is old news but The Times Archive, which was available FOC a few years back via Gale until they shut it to the general public and we were unable to access the archive if not at a subscribing library, looks like it is accessible again.

    I've just found that it is possible to access it FOC via the Times website: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/archive with search term and date range, or try in Google: "Subject/Name" site: www.thetimes.co.uk/archive/

    I've just been looking at scanned pages from 1939 to 1975, e.g. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/archive/a...?region=global

    Thought people might be interested to know if they didn't already. Not sure if this is widely known yet as even the Times Wikipedia page directs to Gale

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    Many thanks, Steve, that is great news. For obvious reasons it is a long time since I accessed the archive and cannot recall exactly how prompt it was on presenting the information. I only mention that as I've just tried to access an item and it took so long to present it that I gave up - but subsequently realised the item was a whole page of text. Shorter items are presented quickly.

    Whilst grateful for the access it is a pity that the most recent year is still as it was previously, 1985. This minor niggle is far outweighed by the fact that one no longer needs to be a member of a library or specialist institution to access the archive. Well done The Times.

    Brian

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    word of warnings

    1) Yes Very Slow to load ) actually its not loading anything or me in Chrome - Edge and Safari look ok
    2) Don't log in - Can't access it and makes you want to subscribe - I had to clear my cookies to get it to load
    3) I suspect this is a bug and they don't realise it yet.. So fill your boots
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    As it stands one doesn't need to log in Paul, I simply entered the necessary details in the box which comes up on the link Steve gives. in my case the search terms were Giblett between 1 October 1930 and 1 October 1931 and had multiple hits within 15 seconds. (Giblett was the meteorologist on the R101 project and died in the crash on 5 October 1930). I use Chrome.

    Brian

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    Worked fine for me this morning. Using Chrome on a Mac. Thanks for the tip, Steve!
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    Appreciate the tip, Steve.

    On a W10/Firefox PC, working well, just the odd page hesitant to load but not excessively.
    Simple text search quite accurate, using " " for exact search. Occasional OCR mistakes eg 21) becomes 211 once or twice.
    Toujours propos

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