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Hot off the Press – papers added this week

This past week we added 91,374 pages to the archive.  We have added three brand new titles and pages to eight existing titles.  Joining the Archive this week are two brand new titles for Ireland.  The Limerick Chronicle gives news of the western seaboard of Ireland, our holdings cover both the pre and post-Famine period.  The Mid-Ulster Mail was published in Tyrone and our current holdings offer insight into the period before the Great War.   Joining the Archive this week

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Dunkirk Stories

Christopher Nolan’s film Dunkirk is a powerful portrayal of the rescue of  over 330,000 soldiers from the beach at Dunkirk in northern France.  The film pays tribute to the role of the French and British rearguard, the RAF and the little ships all of who played their part in the evacuation. Following the events of a single day the film compresses into two hours the heroism and tragedy of the events of the nine days between 27 May – 4

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Using the Archive for Travel and Migration Research

Old newspapers regularly featured passenger lists, news from abroad, foreign destination guides and other travel-related musings, making the British Newspaper Archive the perfect research companion for anyone interested in how people moved around the world in days gone by. Register Now and View 3 FREE Pages Whether you’re a genealogist having trouble pinpointing your family’s voyage to another country or a student doing a thesis on historical migration patterns, the Archive may hold a key piece of information for your research. We’ve

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High Society in Clare Balding’s Family Tree

This week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? featured sports broadcaster Clare Balding.  The episode examined the business success and intimate lives of her ancestors.  Clare explored both her maternal and paternal lines in an episode which brought her into the circles of high society in both England and America. Famous names appeared from almost every document consulted as Clare examined her maternal line.  This line sees Clare connected to the Earls of Derby, a lineage which stretches

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Hot off the press – papers added this week

The Archive continues to grow at an amazing pace.  We’ve added 145,914 pages to twenty-two newspapers since our last update.  The archive now holds 698 newspapers for the UK and Ireland.  Our additions this week include nine brand new titles and additions to thirteen existing titles. Our brand new titles this week include four titles for Scottish counties: Aberdeenshire, Lanarkshire, Angus (Forfanshire) and Wigtownshire. There are four new papers for England, two of which are from London (Fulham & Hampstead),

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Artistry and Mystery in Charles Dance’s Family Tree

We thought we would have to wait until the autumn for the return of our favourite television series, but Who Do You Think You Are? is already back on our screens!  The first episode of the new season featured Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance.  The episode featured some startling revelations regarding Charles’ father, and a history of artistry in the family.  The episode was a great illustration of how careful research can gently peel away the layers mystery that

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Hot off the Press – Papers added this week

This week we’re bringing you 164,804 new pages from thirty-two newspapers from Ireland and the UK held in the collections of the British Library.  This week our five brand new titles are: The Kilburn Times published in London; The Northern Constitution, also known as The Coleraine Constitution, published in Londonderry, Ireland; The Southend Standard and Essex Weekly Advertiser from Southend-on-Sea in Essex; The Staffordshire Chronicle from the county town of Stafford in Staffordshire and Wharfdale & Airdale Observer which was published

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Hot off the Press: Papers added this week

We added 99,354 pages to the archive this week.  We have four brand new titles and additions to eleven existing titles for your reading pleasure!  The four brand new titles joining the Archive this month are the Nortwich Guardian from Cheshire, The Nelson Leader from Lancashire, the Hexham Courant from Northumberland and The Ilford Recorder from London. Register now and view 3 pages for FREE   Title Years Hexham Courant 1877 Ilford Recorder 1902, 1904 Nelson Leader 1929, 1931-1937 Northwich

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Hot off the press – New Titles week of 19 June

Tempted though we were by the beautiful weather this week, we didn’t shirk our duties to our readers. This week we’ve added 102,418 pages to the Archive.  We’ve added another two brand-new titles this week, bringing the number of newspapers on the site to an impressive 772. Joining the archive this week are the The Catholic Standard and the Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette. Register now and view 3 pages for FREE The Catholic Standard describes itself as An

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Hot off the Press – New Titles 15 June

We had an exciting time this past week, the British Newspaper Archive published its twenty millionth page.   We didn’t rest on our laurels and since our last update on the 8th we have published almost 100,000 new pages on the site. This week we have two brand new titles for you to explore. The Eastern Evening News joins its sister title The Eastern Morning News which we published in our push to twenty million. And The Wigan Observer and District

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