Archive for the “News from the past” Category

The story of the 1914 Christmas Truce, as reported by WW1 newspapers

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

After watching Sainsbury’s Christmas advert, Kate Cole was inspired to research the real story behind WW1’s Christmas Truce. She used The British Newspaper Archive to unearth the experiences of soldiers on the Western Front in 1914.   **************   In December 1914, during first year of World War One, a remarkable event known as the Christmas […]

1914’s must-have Christmas gift: the ‘British-made’ toy soldier

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Today’s most-popular Christmas toys include Frozen dolls and tech gadgets, but it was a very different story 100 years ago. Newspapers from the time reveal there was a clear trend for ‘British-made’ military toys in the year that Britain joined World War One.   Daily Mirror – Friday 04 December 1914 Image © Trinity Mirror. […]

Thrilling elopement story found in 19th-century newspapers

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

  While researching A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England, author Sue Wilkes discovered an amazing romance which could have appeared in an Austen novel. We love hearing about what you’re finding in the newspapers. Tell us about your own discoveries in the comments section below.   **************   Heiress Augusta Nicholson, a most intrepid […]

Remember remember, the fifth of November – images of Bonfire Night in the past

Posted on November 5th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Every year on 5th November, people in Britain celebrate the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 with bonfires, effigies of Guy Fawkes and fireworks. You’ll find thousands of descriptions and images of Bonfire Night celebrations from the past in our collection of historical newspapers. We’ve selected some of our favourite examples for you to […]

11 unusual tales of terror from historical newspapers

Posted on October 27th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive is full of grisly stories about the unusual and the unexplained. We’ve selected some of the oddest tales, including a description of a monster with the head of a sea lion and a rumour that Germany was turning dead soldiers into explosives during WW1. Let us know if you’ve found a story […]

Examples of Winston Churchill’s work as a war correspondent

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

Simon Read is currently using The British Newspaper Archive to research Winston Churchill’s adventures as a war correspondent. He got in touch to show us some examples of Churchill’s journalism.   **************   Hear the name Winston Churchill, and what comes to mind? Most likely, it’s Churchill the war leader with his ever-present cigar, bulldog […]

‘Dear Boss’ letter: how Jack the Ripper got his name

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

On 27 September 1888, in the midst of a series of horrific murders in Whitechapel, the Central News Office in London received a letter, signed by ‘Jack the Ripper’. Known as the ‘Dear Boss’ letter because of the way it was addressed, the letter changed the way British newspapers reported the Ripper murders.   Read […]

London cabbie George Smith arrested for drunk driving in 1897

Posted on September 9th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

The first person to be arrested and charged for driving under the influence of alcohol was George Smith, a London cabdriver. Charged with drunk driving on 10 September 1897 This article from the Morning Post reported that at about 00:45 on Friday 10 September 1897, Smith’s vehicle ‘swerved from one side of the road to […]

Historic headlines: Great Britain joins World War Two on 3 September 1939

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Not only does 2014 mark the 100th anniversary of World War One, it is also the 75th anniversary of the start of World War Two.   Newspaper headlines from the beginning of WW2 Britain declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939, following Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland on 1 September.   Search newspapers from […]

The Manchester Courier takes a different view of World War One

Posted on August 4th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, like other British newspapers, reported that Britain joined the First World War on 4 August 1914. The Courier makes for especially fascinating reading because it reported the news in a very different way.   Manchester Courier: ‘Keep your country out of a wicked and stupid war’ Many newspapers […]