Archive for December, 2012

The Origins, History and Traditions of Hogmanay

Posted on December 31st, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘Hogmanay the Terrible was a Celtic tyrant who employed haggis as a means of ridding himself of his enemies…’ We totally love these old newspaper stories about the origins of Hogmanay! ‘Hogmanay the Terrible’ and ‘St Hogmanay who accidentally invented the bagpipes and then journeyed to the Holy Land as a penance for it…’ – […]

‘Wives – Want to Keep your Husband Happy?’

Posted on December 27th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘Don’t expect new dresses all the time': Old-fashioned newspaper advice on how to be a good wife… We’ve been working with some modern newspapers on a story about the advice that old newspapers used to publish about how wives might strive to keep their husbands happy. Amazing as it may seem to us now, such […]

‘Strange Affair at a Lighthouse – Three Keepers Disappear’

Posted on December 27th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

Newspaper report from 1900 on the mysterious disappearance of the crew at the Flannan Isles Lighthouse On 26 December 1900, the relief crew for the Flannan Isles Lighthouse (located in the Outer Hebrides, 20 miles west of Lewis), arrived at the lighthouse station only to find that the three keepers had vanished. The beds were […]

The Origins, History and Traditions of Boxing Day

Posted on December 26th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

We think that this is the perfect day for, once again, refreshing the old, pugilistic memory about the origins, history and traditions of ‘Boxing Day’. Evening Telegraph – Wednesday 26 December 1928 Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000563/19281226/034/0003 York Herald – Thursday 27 December 1883 Image […]

The Christmas Truce in “No-Man’s Land” on the Western Front – 25 and 26 December, 1914

Posted on December 25th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

A letter about the Christmas Truce of 1914, written by a subaltern at the Front We found this wonderful newspaper report – based on a subaltern’s letter – in the Archive about the impromptu Christmas Truce of 1914. Western Daily Press – Wednesday 06 January 1915 Image © Northcliffe Media Limited. Image created courtesy of […]

The Pixies Prepare for Santa Claus, Children Write Their Letters to Santa Claus, and Santa Listens in From the Rooftops

Posted on December 24th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

What can we say! We just love this image of the pixies getting ready for the arrival of Santa Claus! Evening Telegraph – Saturday 18 December 1937 Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000563/19371218/156/0007 And we also love this very imaginative image of two kids writing their letters […]

Kissing Under the Mistletoe and Origins of the Christmas Tree

Posted on December 24th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

We love these two newspaper articles that seek to explain ye olde tradition of kissing under the mistletoe, and the origins and history of the Christmas tree. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Saturday 26 December 1891 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000206/18911226/176/0014 Nottingham Evening Post – Thursday 27 December […]

‘Etiquette of Christmas Parties’ – as Reported in a Newspaper from 1863

Posted on December 23rd, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

An etiquette guide for how to behave at Christmas Parties, from ‘The Leicestershire Mercury’ of Saturday 26 December 1863 Oh, we’re sure that none of the visitors to the BNA need to read an etiquette guide for how to behave at Christmas parties. But, just in case some of you out there would like a […]

‘For unto us a child is born’ – Handel’s Messiah performed. Blog #5 by Edmund King

Posted on December 20th, 2012 by Amy

‘For unto us a child is born’ – Handel’s Messiah performed. Attending, for the fifth time at the Royal Albert Hall, on the 2 December 2012, a performance of Handel’s Messiah, sung from scratch by 3,854 souls under the direction of Brian Kay, I wondered about the endurance of this work, and the love that […]

Historical Newspaper Stories About the End of the World

Posted on December 20th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

Well, so far, so good – looks like we’re going to mate it okay (touch wood!). We really hope we’re not tempting fate here, but we thought today would be the perfect day for searching in the Archive for some ‘end of the world’ stories’. And, boy, there are 1,000s of stories about the world […]