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Purchasing with PayPal

Purchasing powered by PayPal Now for the first time on The British Newspaper Archive, you can purchase any subscription or credits by using PayPal! In using PayPal, you can purchase using your own currency wherever you are in the world: PayPal currently allows vendors to receive payment in over 100 different currencies. Protecting customers and their information is of the upmost importance to us. PayPal has a Global Privacy Team, headed by our Chief Privacy Officer, focused on our strong

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Our new look

New search bar

Today we are excited to announce the launch of our new homepage! What is on the new homepage? All the features you are used to on The British Newspaper Archive homepage are still available to you. However, their look and placement may have changed with the launching of the new homepage. Let’s take a closer look at the new layout. At the top, you’ll notice that the menu is laid out in the same manner: home, saved links, blog, help, about, and

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On this day, 18 May

Today, we’re looking at two events that occurred on 18 May: the Khodynka Tragedy in 1896 and Jacqueline Cochran’s breaking of the sound barrier in 1953. Khodynka Tragedy The first took place in 1896 in the Khodynka Field, Moscow. The field was the site of festivities honouring the recent coronation of Emperor Nicholas II. Thousands gathered to celebrate and to, hopefully, receive rumoured gifts of food and a commemorative cup. With growing and increasingly frenzied crowds, the police force on

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New Titles this Month! May

This month we are excited to bring four new titles to the British Newspaper Archive.  Among the new titles are the Willesden Chronicle, published in London and the Warrington Guardian, published in Cheshire.  The Archive now holds over 19.5 million pages of historic newspapers dating from the early 1700s to the early 2000s! Click on each of the titles below to learn more about the newspaper and read a Sample Issue for FREE. Willesden Chronicle 326 issues, 2650 pages Warrington

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How to search for historic events in the newspapers

Britain’s favourite horticultural happening is right around the corner once again. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show begins on 23 May and will be held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, for the 105th time. To celebrate, we’re showing you exactly how to go about unearthing newspaper stories on the Flower Show, and other long-running events, using our ever-growing Archive. Register now and view 3 pages for FREE Searching for an event in the Archive is much like searching for a person’s

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175th anniversary of the Illustrated London News

First edition of the Illustrated London News

Illustrated London News   On 14 May 1842, 175 years ago today, the Illustrated London News, the world’s first illustrated newspaper, debuted.  Founded by Herbert Ingram of Lincolnshire, the paper was a pioneer in pictorial journalism.  The British Newspaper Archive is proud to hold more than 7,000 issues of the Illustrated London News across its 161-year run for you to explore.   Register today and explore the Illustrated London News.   From its inaugural edition, the editors were confident in their

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Cookery corner: Salads

The weather is starting to warm up, and the last thing most of us want to do is stand in a hot kitchen cooking.  This month we are taking a look at fresh, crisp salads.  After starting this exploration, I realised how little I knew about the fine art of salad creation and presentation.  Surprisingly, there were many full articles dedicated to salads as opposed to our other themes: cakes and biscuits.  Salad creation should be taken seriously; the newspapers

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The Final Frontier

Space Race The Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States experienced a significant ratcheting up at the end of the 1950s with the Sputnik Crisis, which saw the successful launching and orbit of the satellite Sputnik 1 by the Soviet Union in 1957. This development was a key factor in the creation of NASA the following year by the United States as well as the investment of federal funds into national security and research and development. An

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The month of May throughout the years

As we welcome a new month, we at the Archive take the opportunity to delve into historical events that have occurred in the month of May over the years. Lewis and Clark On 14 May 1804, Lewis and Clark departed St Louis on their expedition west. It was the first American expedition to explore the western half of the United States. The expedition was ordered by President Jefferson following the Louisiana Purchase to, in part, map this newly acquired territory.

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New Titles this Month! April

This month we are excited to bring five new titles to the Archive.  Among the new titles are extensive runs of The Rugby Advertiser and John Bull.  Also joining the archive this month were new titles for Antrim in Ireland, West Yorkshire and Norfolk.  The Archive now holds over 19 million pages of historic newspapers dating from the early 1700s to the early 2000s! Click on each of the titles below to learn more about the newspaper and read a

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