Archive for February, 2013

The BNA at the ‘Tayroots’ Family History Day – Friday 5 April 2013, Discovery Point, Dundee

Posted on February 28th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

The BNA Team will be attending a FREE family history fair at Discovery Point, Dundee, on Friday 5 April 2013, from 10am to 4pm. As Discovery Point is where Captain Scott’s ship, RRS Discovery is berthed, we’re looking forward to visiting this historical location. Organised by Angus Heritage, a number of other archive organisations will […]

John Ernst Steinbeck and Newspaper Film Posters for ‘Of Mice and Men’

Posted on February 27th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, John Ernst Steinbeck, was born in Salinas, California, on 27 February 1902. While there are scores of stories about Steinbeck in the BNA, we thought that, to mark the day, we’d highlight some of the terrific film posters/adverts that can be found in the Archive – so included below are two […]

The BNA Wallpaper at ‘Who Do You Think You Are? Live?’ 2013

Posted on February 26th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

We’re slowly recovering from attending WDYTYA? Live. A big thank you to everyone who dropped in on the BNA stand during the show – it was great to hear your stories and to help you with your ancestral and/or historical research. As we’ve had a fair few folk asking about the BNA wallpaper, we thought […]

The Great Monkey Escape in Notting Hill in 1926

Posted on February 20th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

We do love the quirky stories that the Archive contains. Indeed, on almost every Archive page that we look at, our attention will be diverted as we spot a story with a quirky headline. The Scanning Team at Colindale Library are world-leading experts in spotting quirky stories, and it was the ‘Scanners’ who passed on […]

‘Bread Riots in Liverpool’ – February 1855

Posted on February 19th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Historical newspaper report on the bread riots in Liverpool in February 1855 On 19 February 1855, bread riots took place in Liverpool. As can be seen from this newspaper report, the riots appear to have occurred as a result of unemployment among the corn porters and dock labourers in the city, whose usual work and […]

The Death of Robert Oppenheimer, ‘Father of the Atomic Bomb’

Posted on February 18th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Historical newspaper reports about Robert Oppenheimer’s work on the atomic bomb Julius Robert Oppenheimer, the ‘father of the atomic bomb’, died at Princeton, New Jersey, on 18 February 1967, aged 62. So to mark the day and to remember his massive achievements, we thought we’d post these two newspaper stories (published the day after ‘Little […]

The Death of Geronimo – Apache Warrior and Chief

Posted on February 17th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Historical newspaper reports from 1908 and 1909 about the life and death of Geronimo On 17 February 1909, the famous Apache warrior and chief, Geronimo, died of pneumonia (he had lain out in the cold all the previous night, following a fall from a horse) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, aged 79. He died as a prisoner […]

The BNA at ‘Who Do You Think You Are? Live’ – Olympia, London, 22 to 24 February

Posted on February 15th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

We’re very much looking forward to attending the Who Do You Think You Are? Live’ show, which takes place at Olympia, London, from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 February 2013. Inspired by the muse of ‘newspaper taxis’, we’re planning to have a wallpaper made out of newspapers at this year’s show. We’ve seen the drafts […]

St Valentine’s Day – the Busiest Day of the Year for Cupid and His Arrows

Posted on February 14th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

To continue our celebrations of St Valentine’s Day, we’ve posted some newspaper images (taken from one of our favourite newspapers in the Archive, ‘The Graphic’) of that winged messenger of love, Cupid. The Graphic – Saturday 11 January 1873 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.   The Graphic – Saturday 15 […]