Sunday Mirror Archive: Back Issue Newspapers

Sunday Mirror Archive: Back Issue Newspapers

Why Should I Care About Old Newspapers?

Newspapers have been the common folk’s source of current event updates for centuries. Articles published within their pages influenced elections, raised public outcry and even sparked paranoia. The world’s history is intrinsically linked and will continue to be intrinsically linked, with the words of the world’s most popular newspapers. By knowing what people read on any given day, you can learn what they cared about and what influenced them. The Sunday Mirror, a UK-based tabloid newspaper, has always attracted readers who appreciate information with their daily cup of fun.

The History of the Sunday Mirror

Launched as the Sunday Pictorial in 1915, the paper has existed in one form or another for just over 100 years. Though much has changed since the paper’s founding, including the rise of digital media, the publication still holds itself to its founding principles of printing socially responsible, entertainment. This remained true when, in 1963, the Sunday Pic became the newly renamed Sunday Mirror.  One of the earliest stories covered by the relaunched paper was the Profumo Affair. This s coverage proved disastrous for the British government and the Sunday Mirror’s coverage can be directly linked to the resurgence of the Labor Party.   Things remained pretty par the course until the 1970s.

The paper acquired its longest running editor, Robert Edwards, in 1974.  Edwards saw the paper through the union clashes and modernization difficulties that plagued the Sunday Mirror throughout the 1970s and 80s. In his time as editor, Edwards also introduced colored pages and oversaw the development of the Sunday Mirror Magazine (which is now renamed the Notebook). Under Edwards’ steady guidance, the paper saw a rapid growth in circulation numbers. For a time, he provided the stability the paper needed to prosper.

After his retirement in 1984, he was replaced by a series of short-lived editors including Peter Thompson, Mike Molloy and Eve Pollard. This era of leadership inconsistency ended when Tina Weaver took up the helm in 2001. Throughout its changes in leadership, including its acquisition by Trinity Mirror PLC in 1999, the Sunday Mirror remained a strong paper.  Currently, with circulation rates of about 900,000, the Sunday Mirror is still journalistic force to be reckoned with.

Interesting Facts About the Sunday Mirror


  • The Mirror was a paper originally written for women readers. After this move proved unsuccessful, the paper repositioned itself as the publication of the “common” people.

  • Actions taken by the Sunday Mirror convinced Twitter to change its policies surrounding pedophiles and their communications.

  • Per Newswork statistics, 36.6 percent of the Sunday Mirror readers happen to be senior citizens over the age of 65.

  • The Sunday Mirror broke the world exclusive story that Moors murderer, Ian Brady, had been revived by hospital officials against his will.

  • On average, the paper's lead editors stay in their position at the Sunday Mirror for  four years.


Sunday Express’ Archives

To find back issues of The Sunday Mirror or to check availability of the newspaper, follow these steps:


  1. Go to “The Daily Mirror” Newspapers archive page

  2. Select the relevant date for you

  3. Choose your desired newspaper and edition.

  4. Select the pack you wish to purchase. There are a variety of delivery and gift options to fit your needs.

  5. If your purchase is a gift, make sure to add their name to the certificate of authenticity along with your chosen date and message.

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