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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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The Illustrated Police News: “The worst newspaper in England”

The British Newspaper Archive is packed with weird and wonderful stories of every description. Search the newspapers However, of all the historic titles in this collection, no publication reported the bizarre and the shocking in quite the same way as The Illustrated Police News. The Illustrated Police News was one of Britain’s very first tabloids and one of the first periodicals to tap into the British public’s morbid appetite for crime and sensation. The paper was founded in 1843 and was partly

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“Liner collides with iceberg. Passengers safe” : The Titanic, in our newspapers

At 11:40pm on the 14th of April 1912, the RMS Titanic, which had been transporting 2,208 people from Southampton to New York, hit an iceberg while crossing the North Atlantic ocean. Search the newspapers Over the course of the next few days the British press was littered with conflicting news and information, with statements claiming that all passengers were safe and the “unsinkable” ship had started making its way to Halifax. The Western Times had quite a job keeping up

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We found history’s most heroic hounds in celebration of National Pet Day

In celebration of National Pet Day, the world’s first holiday dedicated to man’s best friend, we have been searching through the archive for examples of incredible canines throughout history. Search the newspapers From daring rescuers to lovable rogues, we have put together a selection of magnificent mutts whose remarkable stories are guaranteed to warm the hearts of even the most determined cat lovers. Swansea Jack Swansea Jack was a black retriever with a longish coat who lived with his owner, William Thomas, near the

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No milk for the baby: Lent, from the historic Irish newspapers

The end of Lent is nearly in sight, so for those of you who’ve managed to abstain from a chocolate bar or cheeky tipple, here’s some inspiration to help you through the final days… Search the newspapers   As a predominantly Roman Catholic country, Lent has been of national significance in Ireland for hundreds of years. As the Waterford Chronicle reported on 25 February 1860, “The Chapels of our city were densely crowded with the Faithful, anxious to commence the Holy

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