Archive for November, 2013

The Execution of John Brown, 2 December 1859 – and Victor Hugo’s Thoughts on John Brown

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

‘No, not tired; but don’t keep me waiting longer than necessary’ – John Brown John Brown, the radical abolitionist of slavery, was hanged in Charles Town, Viriginia, on 2 December 1859, after being found guilty of treason against the state of Virginia. Here is a dramatic newspaper story – published just three weeks after the event […]

Henri Desire Landru (‘The French Bluebeard’), Found Guilty of Eleven Murders on 1 December 1921

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

Henri Desire Landru, the ‘The French Bluebeard’ who killed eleven women who he met via the lonely hearts advertisements in the Paris newspapers, was found guilty of these murders on 1 December 1921 and was sentenced to be executed. Here is a newspaper story from 2 December 1921 that reports on the trial of Landru […]

Saint Andrew’s Day – 30 November

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

To celebrate St Andrew’s day, here are two newspaper stories (from 1920 and 1925) that explore the history/legend/myth of the national saint of Scotland. The Evening Telegraph – Monday 30 November 1925 Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000563/19251130/016/0002 The Evening Telegraph – Tuesday 30 November 1920 […]

The 2nd Birthday of the British Newspaper Archive – FREE Newspaper Pages for Sharing

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

It’s the BNA’s second birthday today! To celebrate the day, we thought we’d share some newspaper stories for historic events that happened on the 29th of November. To view these FREE pages, just click on the images and links below. If you haven’t registered on the website, just quickly register on our registration page (it’s […]

The Fauld Explosion, Staffordshire – 27 November 1944

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

On 27 November 1944, the underground ammunition store at RAF Fauld in Staffordshire blew up, killing 70 people and also creating ‘the Hanbury Crater’. It’s said that the explosion, which is also rumoured to be the world’s biggest non-nuclear explosion (there is some debate regarding this point), was heard as far away as Geneva. Here is a […]

An article about Colindale Library and the British Newspaper Archive project – written by PhD history student, Naomi Lloyd-Jones

Posted on November 25th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘Opened in 1932, the building itself possesses many beautiful original features, and I am a fan of the art deco style lamps and the imposing wooden desks.’ We very much enjoyed reading this excellent blog post by Naomi Lloyd-Jones, a second year History PhD student at King’s College London, about the Colindale Library and the […]

26 November 1922 – Howard Carter and Lord Caernavon peeked into Tutankhamun’s Tomb…

Posted on November 25th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘Can you see anything?’ – Lord Caernavon ‘Yes, wonderful things…’ – Howard Carter On 26 November 1922, Howard Carter & Lord Caernavon peeked into Tutankhamun’s Tomb and glimpsed the pharoah’s treasure by candlelight. Here is a historical newspaper story that reports on this magical moment. Derby Daily Telegraph – Thursday 30 November 1922 Image © […]

A love letter to Colindale Library and its wonderful collection of historical newspapers

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

We greatly enjoyed reading this excellent article by David Kynaston of ‘The Guardian’ about his love affair for using old newspapers for historical research David has written some very interesting books based on his reading of historical newspapers – so we hope his article inspires folk to get scribbling! David’s article is also a love […]