Records of Guardian Media Group

Scope and Content

Records relating to the Guardian Media Group plc, owner of the Guardian and the Observer newspapers.

Prior to the formation of Guardian Newspapers Ltd in 1967, the Guardian editor reported directly into Guardian and Manchester Evening News plc (and its predecessor names) and therefore records relating to the Guardian can be found here as well as in the main Guardian collection (GUA).

Administrative / Biographical History

Guardian Media Group (GMG) is a multimedia business which owns the Guardian and the Observer national newspapers, as well radio stations, magazines, websites and B2B media.The Group has been wholly owned by the Scott Trust since 1936.

The company was established in 1924 as the Manchester Guardian and Evening News Ltd (MGEN Ltd) when CP Scott, the owner and editor of the Manchester Guardian, purchased the Manchester Evening News from Russel Allen. The company was renamed Guardian and Manchester Evening News Ltd (GMEN Ltd) in 1973; and it became a plc in 1982 (GMEN plc). In November 1993 it changed its names to Guardian Media Group plc (GMG).


Records of the company are divided into sections reflecting functions of the business:

  • GMG/1 Management
  • GMG/2 Finance
  • GMG/3 Legal (no records available currently)
  • GMG/4 Personnel
  • GMG/5 Internal Communications

Access Information

Open(part). Some records are closed in line with data protection legislation and business confidentiality.

Catalogued and open records may be viewed in our reading room by appointment only, see our website for more information.

Acquisition Information

The majority of records in this collection have been transferred directly to the archive from GMG offices in Manchester.

Other Finding Aids

A full catalogue description for this collection can be found on the GNM Archive catalogue.

Related Material

GUA - records of the Guardian newspaper. Please note that the majority of the historic records of the Manchester Guardian, 1821-1960s are held at the John Ryland Library, University of Manchester