Archive for the “News from the past” Category

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 […]

Top 5 April Fools in history

Posted on April 1st, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

  Search The British Newspaper Archive for the words ‘April Fool’ and you’ll find hundreds of examples of ‘hilarious’ pranks that were staged on 1 April in the past. We’ve selected our favourites for you to enjoy.   WW1 football ‘bomb’ A ‘bomb’ was dropped on German troops during the First World War. After scrambling to […]

Virginia Woolf’s suicide note

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

English writer Virginia Woolf committed suicide on 28 March 1941. She struggled with depression and was deeply affected by the Second World War.   ‘I cannot go on’ Woolf left a touching note for her husband, saying ‘I owe all my happiness to you, but cannot go on and spoil your life’. Read the full […]

The abolition of slavery

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

The slave trade was abolished in the British Empire on this day in 1807. The Bury and Norwich Post reported that the Bishop of Landaff thought slavery was ‘so barbarous and inhumane that the abolition of it would be recorded in Heaven.’ Bury and Norwich Post – Wednesday 01 April 1807 Image © THE BRITISH […]

30 mph speed limit introduced

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

The 30 mph speed limit was introduced in built-up areas of Britain on 18 March 1935. Not everybody appreciated the new signs – newspapers reported that eight signs were fished out of a pond a week later! View the whole newspaper page Nottingham Evening Post – Friday 29 March 1935 Image © Local World Limited. […]