April 2012 – The British Newspaper Archive Blog

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The Story of Dorando Pietri in the Marathon in the 1908 Olympic Games

With the London Marathon taking place last Sunday, we thought we’d post this story about the famous marathon that took place during the 1908 Olympics. In perhaps one of the most dramatic endings to a marathon ever, Dorando Pietri, the first man to cross the finishing line, was disqualified, after he had been helped to his feet several times by well-wishing spectators. The judges decided to award the race to Johnny Hayes, who had finished behind the dangerously exhausted, Pietri.

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Photos from the 2012 SAFHS Conference in Dundee

We had a grand day out on Saturday at the *SAFHS Conference in Dundee – * Scottish Association of Family History Societies. It was great to meet in person some of the ‘ghosts’ we regularly correspond with via email and Twitter/Facebook (that correspondence will not be ghostly from now on!). We also enjoyed hearing many ancestral stories (it is amazing the stories that people have to tell) and finding out the different ways in which the BNA has helped people

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The British Newspaper Archive at the SAFHS Conference in Dundee – Saturday 21 April 2012

The British Newspaper Archive will be attending the *SAFHS Conference in the Bonar Hall in Dundee on Saturday 21 April. We’ll be at stand number 26, which is located up on the stage. * SAFHS: Scottish Association of Family History Societies With so many family history experts attending the event, the fair will be great for any genealogy ‘newbies’, with loads of free tips and advice on offer. For the seasoned family historian, the fair will offer a great range

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Friday the 13th Stories, Traditions and Superstitions

For the triskaidekaphobes among us, the newspaper archive provides numerous Friday the 13th solutions to help soothe a worried mind. From ships delaying their sailing time till one minute past midnight to fish-hooks baited with cheese to keep cats away, the stories in the archive reveal much about the collective angst of the nation. We especially like the round-up of quirky superstitions listed in the Hull Daily Mail of 13 November 1931. For anybody who is looking to appear on

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The SAFHS Conference and Fair in Dundee – Saturday 21 April 2012

The British Newspaper Archive will be attending the *SAFHS Conference in Dundee on Saturday 21 April. The conference takes place in the Bonar Hall at Dundee University and runs from 9.45am to 4.30pm. Admission is free if you’re just attending the fair, or £12 if you’re going to the lectures. Although we won’t be dressed up as Victorian news girls and boys for this event, we’ll still be giving out copies of our Victorian-style newspaper. We’ll also be giving demos

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