Archive for the “News from the past” Category

The Battle of Jutland: A message from Admiral Jellicoe

Posted on May 31st, 2016 by Violet

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 […]

Abduction or elopement? The disappearance of Maria Glenn

Posted on May 3rd, 2016 by Violet

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 and is currently researching the women executed in England and Wales between 1797 and 1837. In 1829 a young man received an anonymous […]

The ultimate wedding planner, thanks to the historic newspapers

Posted on April 27th, 2016 by Violet

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… […]

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

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by Violet

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 […]

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

Posted on April 19th, 2016 by Violet

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 […]

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

Posted on April 14th, 2016 by Violet

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 […]

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

Posted on April 11th, 2016 by Violet

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 […]

The Easter Rising: As documented in the British newspapers, 1916

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 by Abigail Rieley

Next month sees the marking of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Irish nationalists headed a campaign to end British rule in Ireland during a time when the outcome of World War 1 was uncertain. We take a look at how the events of 1916 were documented in the British press at the time. Search the […]

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

Posted on March 16th, 2016 by Violet

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 […]

Apprentice saves drowning man: A curious trend in the newspaper archive

Posted on February 26th, 2016 by Violet

Sometimes a search through the archive turns up some  baffling search results. In this case, it was the incredible regularity of instances where apprentices have been heralded for their bravery in rescuing drowning people. Search the newspapers This frequency begs the question: what makes an apprentice such a good person to have around treacherous waters? […]