March 2014 – The British Newspaper Archive Blog

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Virginia Woolf’s suicide note

English writer Virginia Woolf committed suicide on 28 March 1941. She struggled with depression and was deeply affected by the Second World War.   ‘I cannot go on’ Woolf left a touching note for her husband, saying ‘I owe all my happiness to you, but cannot go on and spoil your life’. Read the full transcript of her letter, as printed in the Gloucestershire Echo: View the whole newspaper page Gloucestershire Echo – Saturday 19 April 1941 Image © Local

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The abolition of slavery

The slave trade was abolished in the British Empire on this day in 1807. The Bury and Norwich Post reported that the Bishop of Landaff thought slavery was ‘so barbarous and inhumane that the abolition of it would be recorded in Heaven.’ Bury and Norwich Post – Wednesday 01 April 1807 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. View the whole newspaper page  

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Your newspaper discoveries: Court cases, suicide and an obituary

Alex Daley got in touch this month to tell us about the fascinating information he’s uncovered in the Hastings and St Leonards Observer. What have you found in the newspapers? Email press@britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk to let us know! ************** As a self-confessed social and family history buff I was delighted to be asked to undertake a research project into the history of my employer, East Sussex law firm Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors, as part of its celebrations to mark its 125th year. Gaby

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Storytelling workshop at the British Library

  Bring newspapers to life with social media Join the British Library on Monday 31 March for History Relived, a fascinating storytelling event that will explore how it’s possible to bring historical stories to life. Tickets are just £5 and will give you: – Access to The British Newspaper Archive for the day – Guidance from Crossover Labs about using social media to uncover the past – Inspiration for your next storytelling projects   How to book tickets Visit the

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Win a history book

We’re giving away these three fantastic books on our Facebook page this week:   How to enter Comment on our Facebook post to let us know which title you’d like to win before 23:59 (GMT) on Monday 24 March 2014. We’ll contact our three lucky winners the following day.   What you could win – Denise Bates, Breach of Promise to Marry: A History of How Jilted Brides Settled Scores – Michelle Higgs, A Visitor’s Guide to Victorian England – Gill Hoffs, The Sinking of

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30 mph speed limit introduced

The 30 mph speed limit was introduced in built-up areas of Britain on 18 March 1935. Not everybody appreciated the new signs – newspapers reported that eight signs were fished out of a pond a week later! View the whole newspaper page Nottingham Evening Post – Friday 29 March 1935 Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

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St Patrick’s Day shamrock sellers

Happy St Patrick’s Day! We just love these wonderful photographs of shamrock sellers in Plymouth in the 1930s, printed in the Western Morning News: Top photo View the whole newspaper page Western Morning News – Thursday 18 March 1937 Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.   Bottom photo View the whole newspaper page Western Morning News – Saturday 18 March 1939 Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY

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Behind the scenes: the newspaper scanning team

Welcome to the first of a new series of blog posts from our newspaper scanning team. This month, our digitisation officer Andrew tells us about what his team does.   ******* The digitisation team have been scanning newspapers at Boston Spa for almost two months. This series of blog posts will give you a ‘behind the scenes’ look at our work, how we capture images using state-of-the-art paper and microfilm scanners and how those images get onto The British Newspaper

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Suffragette slashes the Rokeby Venus

Mary Richardson, a Suffragette, slashed the Rokeby Venus painting at the National Gallery 100 years ago today. Read the stirring speech she gave at her trial, explaining her actions: View the whole newspaper page Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Friday 13 March 1914 Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.  

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Death of the real Sherlock Holmes

A 19th-century police officer named Jerome Caminada died 100 years ago today. Angela Buckley, author of The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada, explains what newspapers can tell us about the detective’s incredible life. ************** On 10 March 1914, just five days before his 70th birthday, Detective Jerome Caminada died at home. Born in the slums of Manchester, he had enjoyed an extraordinary career, earning him a place in history as one of the city’s finest police

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