December 15, 2015

The Warwick Student Newspaper Project

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Coinciding with our 50th anniversary, the Modern Records Centre is currently working on a project to digitalise copies of our student newspapers from years gone by. Lizzie Morrison, Assistant Archivist at the Centre, tells us more.

If you want to learn about the history of this University from a student perspective then the best place to look is in the newspapers which were written by Warwick’s student population. However, the original print copies kept at the Modern Records Centre have become extremely fragile over time and are susceptible to damage caused by constant handling.


That’s why the Modern Records Centre took the decision a few years ago to embark upon a lengthy project to digitise and make them available online. A dedicated team undertook the scanning of every page of each issue of the mainboar4.jpg student newspapers, creating metadata and carrying out OCR work as they went along, and even now staff are hard at work to add to what’s already available through the Warwick Digital Collections pages. You can view the newspapers here: http://contentdm.warwick.ac.uk/cdm/landingpage/collection/boar


At this website you will find issues of The Giblet and Campus and the first 50 editions of The Warwick Boar. Using the Advanced Search option will allow you to search for words or exact phrases in a range of different fields, such as Title, Page, Creator and Contributors. You can also narrow down your searches using the ‘Search by date’ option. So, if you studied at Warwick during the sixties and seventies why not try searching for photos of friends or looking for the events which defined your time here?

For everyone else, here are a few facts and some student journalism which may be of interest…

First things first, here’s an explanation of how Campus got its name (‘EXIT GIBLET’)…….. http://ow.ly/Vjtlp

…… and a quick summary of how The Warwick Boar was shaped by its successive editors (‘Still BOARing After All These Years’) http://ow.ly/VjtTx

…… and a photo from 1976 of the staff who worked on The Warwick Boar http://ow.ly/VjwTy

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A sample of the types of articles available on line so far :

‘Paxton in Berlin’ http://ow.ly/Vjxr1

A student’s view of the University Art Collection http://ow.ly/VjxXU, and a personal appraisal of the Women’s Liberation Movement: http://ow.ly/Vjzh4 and http://ow.ly/VjzOg 

But the best articles (and the most entertaining) cover everything that happened on campus, from student protests and antics to union politics. You can read interviews with academic staff and find out which famous bands visited Warwick.

The papers also show how the campus landscape changed. For example, it’s hard to believe that where the giant Let’s Not Be Stupid sculpture stands near the bus interchange there was once an inflatable student entertainment space known as the Air Hall. In a sneak preview of an issue not yet online, here’s the article all about it (see article to the right.)

If you want to find out what other headlines and stories have been uncovered from the pages of the The Giblet, Campus and The Warwick Boar look out for the tweets posted by @warwicklibrary. We hope you enjoy them!


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