Archive for the “News” Category

Working with Wikipedia to bring history facts to light

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

We’ve recently donated 100 subscriptions to the Wikipedia community through the Wikipedia Library, a grant-funded programme which makes it easier for experienced volunteer editors to access research materials. It’s very exciting to be involved in this new partnership. It allows us to contribute to Wikipedia, one of the most frequently used reference tools in the world, […]

8 million newspaper pages are now fully searchable

Posted on May 16th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

We’re thrilled to announce that you can now explore 8 million historic newspaper pages online. That’s double the number that you could search when The British Newspaper Archive launched in November 2011.   Search the newspapers   Try your search again If you’ve tried searching for a person, event or place before without success, it’s […]

The first newspapers are digitised at Boston Spa

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

The British Newspaper Archive’s scanning team have recently moved from Colindale to Boston Spa and we’re thrilled to report that they’ve now started digitising the first newspapers in their new home! Here are some behind-the-scenes photos:   Read more about how The British Newspaper Archive digitises historic newspapers  

We’ve upgraded! A radical improvement to the speed of your searches

Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Ian

Behind the scenes, we’re constantly improving the search engine that powers the website. At the beginning of December, we made a major upgrade to our search technology to make your searches faster. Our lead Search Engineer, Dr Boon Low, explains what we did and what it means for you. As The British Newspaper Archive’s lead […]

Our technology upgrade is almost complete

Posted on October 29th, 2013 by Ian

Dear BNA customers, We wanted to give you an update on progress with our new system for publishing newspaper pages on the BNA website. At the start of June 2013, we started to make a large scale upgrade to the way that we publish newspapers on the site. This is to prepare The British Newspaper […]

Service Announcement – BNA search service maintenance this afternoon

Posted on August 30th, 2013 by Amy

Service Announcement – BNA search service maintenance this afternoon We are currently upgrading our search service. This means that you will be unable to search by keyword/s for a short period. However, you can still browse all pages! Specific keyword search functionality will be back very soon. Best wishes, Team BNA

More content, more quickly. An update on progress. PLUS! – some exciting news about 20th century content!

Posted on August 28th, 2013 by Amy

More content, more quickly. An update on progress. We now have almost 7 million pages and with our new processing system we are going to be able to add around another 4 million pages in the next 12 months. Compare that with the (although rather impressive if we do say so ourselves), 3 million pages […]

More content, more quickly! The BNA tech upgrade – an update

Posted on July 17th, 2013 by Amy

More content, more quickly! The BNA tech upgrade – an update We hope that you have all been enjoying the lovely Summer weather lately? You may have noticed that there has been a slow-down in the number of pages added to the site recently. There is a fantastic reason for this . . . [drumroll […]

Pages – An update

Posted on June 21st, 2013 by Amy

We are excited to be hurtling towards the 7 million page mark! However, you may have noticed that our page counter and ‘Recently Added Issues’ has slowed down over the past few days . . . We are currently working on upgrading our newspaper ingest system which means that there will be a slow-down in […]