Archive for the “News from the past” Category

70th anniversary of the D-Day landings

Posted on June 6th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Today we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. On 6 June 1944, Allied forces invaded Normandy which was, at that point, occupied by the German Army. It is estimated that over 8,000 people lost their lives on this one day. D-Day reported in British newspapers News of the invasion reached British newspapers during […]

The ‘Ocean Child’ and the sinking of the RMS Tayleur

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

Gill Hoffs, author of The Sinking of RMS Tayleur: The Lost Story of the ‘Victorian Titanic’ used The British Newspaper Archive extensively for her research. She got in touch to tell us the touching story of the ‘Ocean Child’. We’d love to hear about what you’ve discovered too – email press@britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk   **************   Put […]

Marconi patents the radio

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

Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his new invention – the radio – on 2 June 1896. The British and Irish newspapers available online at The British Newspaper Archive reveal just how popular it became. You can explore thousands of adverts for Marconi radios like these, published up until the 1950s. Oh! Why don’t […]

An escaped bear causes chaos in 1890

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

You’ll find lots of amusing stories in The British Newspaper Archive about the strange events that happened both in the United Kingdom and around the world. A number of local newspapers, including the Grantham Journal, Portsmouth Evening News and Sheffield Evening Telegraph, reported on one such event in 1890.   Women shrieked and children cried […]

Hull City play Arsenal in the 1930 FA Cup semi-final

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

The FA Cup final on Saturday 17 May 2014 will see a showdown between Arsenal and Hull City. This is the first time Hull have reached the final. Hull City’s greatest achievement in cup competitions up to this point was in 1930, when they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Rather strangely, they also […]

Roger Bannister and the four-minute mile

Posted on May 6th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes on 6 May 1954. You can search British newspapers from 1954 online at The British Newspaper Archive, so we took a look to see how the incredible feat was reported.   ‘Something typically British about this new world record’ The Aberdeen […]

Shakespeare on the Tube Strike

Posted on April 29th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Search The British Newspaper Archive for the words ‘Tube strike’ and you’ll find hundreds of stories about London Underground strikes of the past. While most newspapers printed serious reports, we’ve found a few that couldn’t resist making a joke or two.   Tu-be or not tu-be The Derby Daily Telegraph imagined how William Shakespeare would have […]

A WW1 letter from Gallipoli

Posted on April 25th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

The WW1 Gallipoli Campaign began on 25 April 1915, resulting in the loss of approximately 50,000 men from Australia, Britain, France and New Zealand. A poignant letter from an attending nurse was sent to an Australian woman living in London and printed in the Tamworth Herald.   ‘It breaks my heart to see them’ The […]

Wartime St George’s Day advert

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

St George’s Day and the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth both fall on 23 April.   ‘There will be justice and victory’ This patriotic advert from Ford was published in The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer to mark the day during World War Two. It states that ‘wherever the tongue of Shakespeare is spoken, there will […]

Here & Then: our brand new mobile app

Posted on April 8th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

You can now view fascinating articles, images and adverts from The British Newspaper Archive through your iPhone for free. Download ‘Here & Then’ from the iTunes store Free daily stories from historic newspapers Download our mobile app today and read stories from over 200 years of historical newspapers for free, wherever you are. Learn what […]