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Introduction to the CCC

This contains a wide range of magazines with examples from every decade since the 1920s.


How do I request an item from the collection?

Go to the desk in the Library foyer and fill out a request form. Additionally, you can request items by filling in the online request form. 

Staff will then collect the items for you for use in the library only. 


What is available?

link iconFor the contents of Consumer Culture Collection see our content guide.

Popular titles include Jackie, Just Seventeen, Women’s Own, Women’s Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Loaded, Esquire, FHM and Vogue.


Example content

Cover of Cosmopolitan magazine June 1982

Cosmopolitan June 1982

Woman's Weekly magazine cover November 1911

Woman's Weekly November 1911

Woman's Weekly magazine cover August 1978

Woman's Weekly August 1978

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More about the collection

The Consumer Culture Collection is a collection of print magazines, newspapers, journals and catalogues from the 20th Century. 

The items in the collection range from the First World War and 1920s through to the late 1990s and early 2000s and provide library users with a unique set of primary source material. 

The collection contains many different titles and showcases many different representations of men, women, society, culture and fashion through the decades. 

It is particularly useful for students researching the history of society or covering issues on gender, race and domesticity. It is also good for advertising, fashion, journalism and interior design students. 

It reflects adolescence, behaviour and common interests and is useful for finding primary sources and the ‘mind sets’ of people throughout various decades. 

As well as articles written on topical subjects, the collection has many advertisements which provide an insight into what was popular at the time and gives a valuable insight into the history of advertising as well as content. 

The collection is located in the Special Collections Room in the library's lower ground floor (Floor LG).