The Guardian: A History

The Guardian was established in 1821,“The paper was intended to promote the liberal interest in the aftermath of the Peterloo Massacre, and in the context of the growing anti-Corn Laws campaign flourishing in Manchester during this period.”

The newspaper stands by certain values that has endured since 1921. On it’s 100th anniversary an essay was written by it’s current editor at the time CP Scott, ‘A Hundred Years‘ underpins theses values as Scott has stated,

“Comment is free, but facts are sacred”

(CP Scott, ‘A Hundred Years‘, 1921)

The paper is centred around impartial discussion and noted for it’s investigate journalism, analysis and comment on the arts and foreign correspondence. Recently it has expanded it’s digital output and accessibility, available as online editions on multiple platforms and as an application. Also becoming the first paper to adopt a “digital-first strategy” encouraging open journalism.

“Britain’s non-conformist conscience.”

(, 2008-2011)

Their main current audience is and readers are progressives, forward-looking individuals – well-off, influential and connected who embrace change, making them attractive to advertisers.


The Guardian (Newspaper format,, 2016)

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“Create Britain”

The Guardian newspaper is launching a new cross platform feature under the umbrella title of “Create Britain“. Picking up from the “Cool Britannia” agenda of the 1980’s The Guardian will work in partnership with leading British cultural institutions in a celebration of the state of the cultural industries within Britain today.”

We have been commissioned to design and produce a supplement for this new series, embodying the brand and ideology of the newspaper.

 These questions form the basis of my initial research:

What does The Guardian represent and who is the audience?

What has led to Britain’s wide-ranging cultural creativity of today?

What topic/topics of interest should I identify and explore?

How shall I present my findings? What method would be most suited?