The Guardian: 200 years

We were delighted to receive the wonderful gift of a first edition of The Manchester Guardian newspaper for our archives, very generously donated by Alan Rusbridger, currently Principal of Lady Margaret Hall and former editor of The Guardian

Alan Rusbridger was one of the Principal’s ‘Fireside Chat’ guests in Michaelmas Term and was delighted to learn of the longstanding links between The Manchester Guardian, Unitarianism and our college. He subsequently decided that Harris Manchester College was the right home for his first edition, and we are enormously grateful for this outstanding gift. It will enrich our archives immensely. 

The Guardian celebrated its 200th anniversary on May 5th this year, and we marked that significant anniversary in college by inviting Alan Rusbridger to give a lecture on the history of The Guardian. The talk was recorded and is available below on our YouTube channel.

To celebrate the anniversary we are delighted to be able to provide access to a digital copy of the first edition as well further articles to celebrate the occasion.

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