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New titles this month! December 2016

We have added eight brand new titles this month.  These include the lavishly illustrated titles we blogged about earlier in the month, and the greatly anticipated Lloyd’s List.   This month also saw the arrival of The Homeward Mail from India China and the East which is a huge boon for those researching the history of empire, or for those with British or Irish ancestors who lived in India. Most recently we added an exciting new title for sports fans, we

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Pushing girls through windows and throwing punches in the street: What would you do for a bargain?

    The Christmas rush is over, but now it is time for the January sales to begin.  A search through the newspaper archive for bargain hunting mishaps proved shockingly easy. It turns out that shoppers throughout history have been prepared to go to incredible ends to get a good deal, with confrontations often leading to brawls on the streets. However, not everyone was so ruthless. One group of women sang songs while queueing for a summer sale at a clothing

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New titles this month! November 2016

We’ve added ten brand new titles to the British Newspaper Archive this month: two national papers and eight county papers from seven counties in England and Ireland. Cornwall & Devon Launceston Weekly News, and Cornwall & Devon Advertiser Cornish & Devon Post Hampshire Southern Echo Kent Thanet Advertiser Lancashire Northern Daily Telegraph Yorkshire Yorkshire Evening Press Sheffield Weekly Telegraph National Sporting Times The Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service Ireland Tyrone Courier     Remember!

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The Crown

Since its release on 4 November, Netflix’s new series The Crown mirrors true life events found through the pages of the British Newspaper Archive. You can follow the real life drama through contemporary newspapers from the death of King George VI and the coronation of the young Queen Elizabeth to the political intrigues of the day. The Crown chronicles the lives of the royal family and the Queen’s accession to the throne. The Independent has called the series ‘sumptuous but empty, Netflix’s

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Your July British newspapers round-up

Since our last round-up, we’ve added a further 14 brand new titles and over 1.8 million new articles to the British Newspaper Archive. The latest newspapers to join the line-up include local and regional publications from around the UK including titles from London, Wales, Yorkshire and Essex. A highlight is the Illustrated London News which contains exquisitely detailed Illustrations of life in London at the turn of the 20th century. As well as the brand new additions we’ve also updated

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The Battle of Jutland: A message from Admiral Jellicoe

After the Battle of Jutland, Admiral Jellicoe sent this message to his Fleet, as recorded in the Cornishman on the 15th June 1916: “I desire to express to the flag officers, captains, officers and men of the Grand Fleet my very high appreciation of the manner in which the ships fought during the action of May 31, 1916. At this stage, when full information is not available, it is not possible to enter into details, but quite sufficient is already

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Enjoy 50% off the British Newspaper Archive, for a limited time only

For a limited time only, we’re offering 50% off 1 month subscriptions for the British Newspaper Archive. To take advantage of this opportunity, simply go to purchase a subscription, and use the code JUNE50 at the checkout. But hurry, offer ends 30th June. Take advantage now   3 reasons to try the British Newspaper Archive   * Uncover history as it happened with over 14 million articles dating back to 1710 * Expose forgotten speeches and articles from famous names

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Abduction or elopement? The disappearance of Maria Glenn

Naomi Clifford chanced on the subject of her book The Disappearance of Maria Glenn (published by Pen & Sword in April) while browsing the British Newspaper Archive. She blogs about aspects of Georgian life at www.naomiclifford.com and is currently researching the women executed in England and Wales between 1797 and 1837. In 1829 a young man received an anonymous letter telling him that an heiress was willing to marry him if only he would only rescue her from a large house on the Clapham

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The ultimate wedding planner, thanks to the historic newspapers

There are many good reasons to search the newspaper archives, such as when you’re looking for your ancestors or researching a local area or historical event. But sometimes it’s nice to just have a browse through the articles. More often than not, you’ll turn up some articles you would never have thought to search for… Search the newspapers …like these articles which provide some sound advice for anyone planning their big day. Don’t forget the banns Don’t drop the ring

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“Wherefore art thou, Romeo?” Shakespeare’s missing men of 1916

Countless celebrations are taking place across the country to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Wherever you live, you’ll find parades, talks and performances of all kinds paying homage to the Bard’s work, but it was a very different story 100 years ago. Search the newspapers On the tercentenary of Shakespeare’s death in 1916, Britain had found itself in the middle of one of the most horrific battles in history. While the odd commemorative event took place in

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