Bringing British history to life through images

Did you know…? The Daily Herald was once the UK’s most popular newspaper.

The Daily Herald became the first paper to achieve two million daily net sales back in June 1933. Founded in 1912 by members of the British labor movement, the newspaper was known for its anti-establishment stance, its socialist politics and innovative use of photojournalism.

The archive provides a vivid snapshot of British life

The Daily Herald Archive contains pivotal moments in global history alongside day-to-day activities of Britons across the country. From dog shows to gymnastics, users can enjoy an authentic portrait of 20th-century Britain.

It contains bonafide masterpieces

Many of the photos in the Daily Herald Archive – taken by press agencies, freelance photographers as well as by Daily Herald photographers – are real masterpieces of photographic art and composition. Check out this image of fountain swimming and this one of a woman making light bulbs.

Alfred Hitchcock!

In 1928, The Daily Herald opened a contest for the public to submit photographs or ‘snaps’ of their holidays. The rules stipulated that no professional photographs would be considered. The competition proved exceedingly popular, with none other than cinematic great Alfred Hitchcock joining the panel of judges in 1936.

The Daily Herald’s story was nearly over before it had begun

The Daily Herald had a very uncertain start to life – it actually stopped publishing after its first four months. The newspaper began as a strike sheet for the London printing unions, but once the fight for better working conditions was won, the Herald closed its doors on 28 April 1911. However, as it had proved so popular, the paper relaunched the next year.