Archive for July, 2013

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

Posted on July 23rd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

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 […]

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

Posted on July 22nd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

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 […]

Bert Trautmann, 1913-2013

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

William Makepeace Thackeray – Born on 18 July 1811

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

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 […]

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

Posted on July 17th, 2013 by Amy

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 […]