A rich heritage

ILN was the world’s first illustrated magazine. We continue to innovate through content and creativity

Our incredible history...

  • 1877 Pioneering production

    1877 Pioneering production

    ILN has never rested on its laurels: we like to try new things. In 1877, we even patented our own printing press.

  • 1855 Content worth keeping

    1855 Content worth keeping

    We printed the first colour newspaper, making history with the latest technology. Our work is still found in museums around the world.

  • 1877 Pioneering production

    1877 Pioneering production

    ILN has never rested on its laurels: we like to try new things. In 1877, we even patented our own printing press.

  • 1893 Engaging new audiences

    1893 Engaging new audiences

    Recognising a new appetite for a lighter reading, ILN launched The Sketch, which put luxury in the hands of its readers.

The ILN Story

ILN has been in the storytelling business for 175 years. From world events to heritage brands, engagement through creativity and content is what we do best

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the record reign

To mark the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II becoming the UK's longest-reigning monarch, Illustrated London News Ltd has published this stunning, limited edition two book set of exceptional quality.

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the record reign

license our archive images

After 175 years of publishing, the archive is a rare collection of historic images and articles cover two centuries of society, culture and politics. All images are available for licensing, research and marketing.

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