May 2014 – The British Newspaper Archive Blog

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An escaped bear causes chaos in 1890

You’ll find lots of amusing stories in The British Newspaper Archive about the strange events that happened both in the United Kingdom and around the world. A number of local newspapers, including the Grantham Journal, Portsmouth Evening News and Sheffield Evening Telegraph, reported on one such event in 1890.   Women shrieked and children cried According to newspapers that are now available to search online, a huge brown bear interrupted a church service on Sunday 20 April 1890 after it

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8 million newspaper pages are now fully searchable

We’re thrilled to announce that you can now explore 8 million historic newspaper pages online. That’s double the number that you could search when The British Newspaper Archive launched in November 2011.   Search the newspapers   Try your search again If you’ve tried searching for a person, event or place before without success, it’s well worth trying again now. Thousands of pages are added every week, so your chance of finding something amazing increases all the time. So far

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Hull City play Arsenal in the 1930 FA Cup semi-final

The FA Cup final on Saturday 17 May 2014 will see a showdown between Arsenal and Hull City. This is the first time Hull have reached the final. Hull City’s greatest achievement in cup competitions up to this point was in 1930, when they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Rather strangely, they also faced Arsenal in that match. The British Newspaper Archive is a great place to research football history as you’ll find original match reports and reactions

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300,000 newspaper pages added, including the Daily Mirror

The British Newspaper Archive added 300,000 new pages to the website last month, including six brand new titles.   Search the newspapers   You can now search editions of the Daily Mirror (the national newspaper), Hamilton Advertiser, The Lancashire Evening Post, The Oxford Times, Perthshire Advertiser and The Shetland Times. A full list of recent additions is provided below. There’s never been a better time to subscribe to The British Newspaper Archive, especially as you can now access all of

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Roger Bannister and the four-minute mile

Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes on 6 May 1954. You can search British newspapers from 1954 online at The British Newspaper Archive, so we took a look to see how the incredible feat was reported.   ‘Something typically British about this new world record’ The Aberdeen Evening Express published an article about Roger Bannister the following day, proudly stating that ‘Britain’s great mile-runner has achieved the ambition of all athletes; he

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