May 2012 – The British Newspaper Archive Blog

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The Journey of the Olympic Torch in 1948

We’ve been reading stories about the Olympic Games in the newspaper archive – and it’s fascinating! From Pierre de Coubertin’s pioneering work on starting the modern Olympics in 1896 and Eric Liddell winning gold in 1924 right through to the ‘Austerity Games’ in London in 1948, we’re found 1,000s of great stories. We especially like the stories about ordinary folk getting involved in the Games, so though we’d start off by posting some stories about the journey of the Olympic

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Online Newspaper Archive Passes the 5 Million Page Mark

The biggest digitisation of newspapers to take place in the UK The British Newspaper Archive website has just reached another milestone, as page number 5,000,000 was added to the site at www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk. With a target of 40 million pages by 2020, this 10-year project is the biggest digitisation of newspapers to take place in the UK. Up to 8,000 pages (that’s 120,000 stories) are being added to the site each day, and there are now well over 200 titles from

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‘The Great British Story: A People’s History’ – Roadshow in Liverpool, Saturday 2 June 2012

We watched ‘The Great British Story: A People’s History’ BBC TV programme last Friday, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The organisers of the programme are doing roadshows in June, and we noticed they’re visiting Liverpool on Saturday 2 June. This event takes place at the Museum of Liverpool, runs from 10am to 5pm and admission is free. – http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/bbc-the-great-british-story-06/occurrence/95984

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Solving Family History Mysteries in the British Newspaper Archive – Stories of the Workhouse

We do love the stories you tell us about the people and stories you’ve managed to find in the newspaper archive.  We’re especially fond of the mysteries that were only solved as a result of suddenly finding information in the British Newspaper Archive Sandy Gillians of Georgetown, Ontario, has been kind enough send us one of her ancestral stories. Sandy has recently taken on the family history research duties from her father. Her Dad is going to be a very

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‘Obaysch’ – the First ‘Modern’ Hippopotamus to Arrive in London

On 25 May 1850, the first ‘modern’ hippopotamus arrived in London. We say ‘modern’, because it may be that hippopotami roamed free in the London area, back in the days of dinosaurs et al… ‘Obaysch’ was his name, and he caused quite a stir when he arrived in London, with numerous reports about the hippo’s capture, journey, dietary quirks and grand arrival, appearing in the newspapers of the day.  It seems that ‘Obaysch’ also often entertained royalty in his enclosure,

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‘The Great British Story: A People’s History’ – BBC TV Series and Roadshow Events

The first episode of The Great British Story: A People’s History will be shown on BBC2 on Friday 25 May at 9pm. Presented by Michael Wood, the programme looks at UK history from the viewpoint of ordinary people. In addition to the programme itself, there will also be four roadshow events taking place in various locations across the UK. Below are the locations and dates for the roadshows: – Mount Stewart House, Country Down, Saturday 26 May (10am to 5pm) –

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‘Fife Heritage Day’ – Local and Family History Fair, Saturday 26 May 2012

The ‘Fife Heritage Day’ takes place at the Lomond Centre in Glenrothes on Saturday 26 May. A large number of local and family history groups will be attending this event, so it promises to be a grand day out for all types of history researchers. Organised by the Workers Educational Association, the event runs from 10am to 4pm. All are welcome and admission is free. – http://www.weascotland-fife.org.uk/Index.asp?MainID=14527

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Tip 2: How to print an article

Unfortunately, currently we only have the option to print whole pages. This can be a little frustrating as the original image is scaled down to print in your home printer (usually A4) so will make it quite tricky to read! I have a few tips for you. . . The best way to retrieve a readable copy of a particular article at the moment is to: 1.  Rather than selecting ‘Print’, choose to ‘Download’ the newspaper page image from the

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