July 2013 – Page 2 – The British Newspaper Archive Blog

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Victorian royal baby alert! The birth of Queen Victoria’s first child – 1840

To celebrate the birth of a son to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, we thought it would interesting to see how the newspapers reported the birth of Queen Victoria’s first child. So included below is a fascinating newspaper report on the birth of Victoria, Princess Royal, on 21 November 1840. We especially enjoyed reading about the royal nursery, royal baby clothes and the royal cradle. We were also struck by the use of the word ‘accouchement’ in the newspaper

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The UK Parliament Passes the Jews Relief Act – 23 July 1858

On 23 July 1858, the UK parliament passed the Jews Relief Act 1858, thus finally allowing Jews to enter Westminster as MPs. The newspaper reports from 1858 about the ‘Jew Bill’ and the amended Oath of Allegiance make for fascinating reading, with many MPs vehemently against the passing of the legislation – some of the speeches are very heated and emotional. To give you a sense of the charged atmosphere, here are three newspaper reports that were published the day after the

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The Shooting of John Dillinger – Chicago, 22 July 1934

John Herbert Dillinger, ‘Public Enemy Number One’, was shot dead by police outside a Chicago cinema on 22 July 1934, after he had just been watching a film about gangsters – he was aged 31. To mark the day, here is a detailed newspaper story that reports on the death of Dillinger, and also gives a summary of his career as the USA’s most ‘wanted’ man. Nottingham Evening Post – Monday 23 July 1934 Image © Northcliffe Media Limited. Image

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Bert Trautmann, 1913-2013

We were saddened to learn today about the death of the former Man City goalkeeper, Bert Trautmann. A former German POW, Trautmann won over the hearts of the people in the UK with his brilliant goalkeeping and derring-do bravery. He’s especially fondly remembered for his tremendous courage in playing in the 1956 FA Cup Final despite breaking his neck in a collision with an opposing player, 17 minutes before the full-time whistle. As a mark of respect to his humanitarianism

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Reports on the UK Weather in Historical Newspapers – Ed King Shares His Expert Knowledge in a Short YouTube Video

We published a blog post this morning about some of the terrific photos of people enjoying hot weather that can be viewed in The Archive. In the same post, we also set up a FREE newspaper page that shows two of the joyful heatwave photos that we’ve been finding in the old newspapers. As talking about the weather is a (or perhaps ‘the’!) specialist subject of the people who live in the UK, we decided to ask our historical newspaper

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The Opening of the Tate Gallery in London – 21 July 1897

In London on 21 July 1897, the Prince of Wales opened the Tate Gallery. It was the sugar magnate, Sir Henry Tate, who paid for the new gallery to be built, with an agreement that the UK government would pay for the other costs. Henry Tate also agreed to donate his own private collection of artwork to the new gallery. To mark this major milestone in the cultural life of London and the UK, here are some newspaper articles (with illustrations)

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The Grand Opening of Euston Station in London – 20 July 1837

At Euston-Grove on 20 July 1837, the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway (LBR) was officially opened, with a special excursion train party comprising the directors of the LBR railway and their guests. Sadly, however, the opening did not go entirely according to plan, and on the return jouney to Euston the train came to a very abrupt halt. Here’s a newspaper report that was published just two days after Euston Station opened, that decribes the accident that marred

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Heatwaves in The British Newspaper Archive – Nothing New Under the Sun!

With the UK currently basking in glorious sunshine, we’ve been searching The Archive to find photographs and stories that show how our ancestors celebrated the arrival of hot weather. We’ve found some terrific images and reports which prove that, when it comes to carousing in the sun, nothing much has changed in the UK over the past 100 years. One thing that struck us about many of these photos was how heatwaves in the UK bring out the kid in

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William Makepeace Thackeray – Born on 18 July 1811

William Makepeace Thackeray, author of ‘Vanity Fair’, was born in Calcutta on 18 July 1811. The Archive contains 100s of stories about Thackeray, including some fascinating reports that offer a terrific insight into his character. As we love reading about quarrels between famous writers, here’s a newspaper report on a writers’ feud that Thackeray had with Edmund Yates – oh, and we love the fact that Charles Dickens became involved in this feud as a peace-maker. Here’s another blog post about

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More content, more quickly! The BNA tech upgrade – an update

More content, more quickly! The BNA tech upgrade – an update We hope that you have all been enjoying the lovely Summer weather lately? You may have noticed that there has been a slow-down in the number of pages added to the site recently. There is a fantastic reason for this . . . [drumroll please] . . . We are delighted to announce that we have been busy working on upgrading our newspaper ingest and post-processing system. Once we’re

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