Archive for March, 2014

Virginia Woolf’s suicide note

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

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 […]

The abolition of slavery

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

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 […]

Your newspaper discoveries: Court cases, suicide and an obituary

Posted on March 20th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

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 […]

Storytelling workshop at the British Library

Posted on March 20th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

  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 […]

Win a history book

Posted on March 19th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

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 […]

30 mph speed limit introduced

Posted on March 18th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

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. […]

St Patrick’s Day shamrock sellers

Posted on March 17th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

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 […]

Behind the scenes: the newspaper scanning team

Posted on March 13th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

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 […]

Suffragette slashes the Rokeby Venus

Posted on March 10th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

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 […]

Death of the real Sherlock Holmes

Posted on March 10th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

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. […]