Archive for March, 2013

The Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race – the 1912 Race, When Both Boats Sank…

Posted on March 31st, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

The Boat Race takes place in London today and, once again, Oxford University and Cambridge University have both battled their way through the qualifying rounds to make it to the cup final. But, well, unless you’re a keen follower of it, it’s really the quirky stories about the race that capture the interest of the mildly interested […]

Historical Newspaper Reports on the Origins, History and Traditions of Easter Sunday

Posted on March 31st, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

To celebrate Easter Sunday, here is a gallery of newspaper stories that report on the origins, history and culture of this special day. We especially liked reading about the origins and history of Easter Eggs, and how Easter Sunday is celebrated in France, Germany and by the White House in Washington DC. Sheffield Evening Telegraph […]

The History, Culture and Traditions of Good Friday

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

To celebrate Good Friday, or God’s Friday, here are three newspaper stories – and an advert – that report on the history, culture and traditions of the day…remember to get those seed potatoes planted today! Exeter and Plymouth Gazette – Friday 19 April 1895 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000510/18950419/039/0010 Tamworth […]

The Premiere of ‘King Kong’ in London and the UK – Easter 1933

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘The Eighth Wonder of the World!’ and ‘Paradise Lost’ During the Easter period in 1933, ‘King King’ received its premiere in London, before being released to the other cinemas outside London. Judging by the reviews, it received a ‘wow!’ reaction from the audiences in the UK. It’s also interesting to note the reaction to the […]

A Guide to Etiquette on the Omnibus – Published in 1891

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

Oi! No spitting, no smoking, no swearing, no sitting next to sensitive souls on the last bus home and embarrassing them with coarse, stentorian conversation and awkward, impertinent questions – oh, these famous ‘strong advice’ signs on buses are sweet music to our ears. We’re BIG fans of etiquette at the BNA. Indeed, we’ve posted several […]

Gloria Swanson – Born in Chicago on 27 March 1899

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

“I am big! It’s the pictures that got small!” Gloria Swanson, one of the screen goddesses of the silent film era, was born in Chicago on 27 March 1899. To celebrate the day of her birth, here are three newspaper reports from the Archive which offer a fascinating insight (especially the report that mentions her annual […]

The Death of David Lloyd George – 26 March 1945

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

The Liberal MP, statesman and prime minster of the UK from 1916 to 1922, David Lloyd George, died in Llanystumdwy (Caernarfonshire) on 26 March 1945, aged 82. Lloyd George was the last Liberal prime minster of the UK, and is perhaps most famous for leading the wartime coalition government from 1916 onwards and representing UK […]

The Wartime Radio Broadcasts Made in Berlin by P.G. Wodehouse

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

Newspaper reports on the radio broadcasts made by P.G. Wodehouse during World War Two Poor P.G. Wodehouse – he really was an innocent abroad (in time and place, one feels) during World War Two. We watched BBC4′s excellent drama – ‘Wodehouse In Exile’ – last night, which was a dramatisation about the internment of P.G. […]