Archive for the “News” Category

The End of the World: The 1938 War of the Worlds Broadcast and Press Reaction

Posted on August 25th, 2015 by The British Newspaper Archive

HG Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds, the story of a Martian invasion of Earth, has had many adaptations since being published in 1898. It’s unlikely that any of these adaptations has developed such an aura of myth and infamy as the Orson Welles radio adaptation of 1938, which was alleged to have caused mass […]

Over 275,000 New Pages Added In July!

Posted on August 4th, 2015 by Holly

Last month saw a fantastic 275,220 pages added to 98 different British Newspaper titles, including 16,610 pages added to the Buckingham Advertiser and North Bucks Free Press, and 25,377 pages added to the Public Ledger and Commercial and General Advertiser. Subscribe for just £12.95 –>   Thousands of new pages from local titles to explore You’ll find a full […]

The Chelsea Flower Show In Historic Newspapers

Posted on May 20th, 2015 by Holly

The Chelsea Flower Show is a beloved national institution. Every year the great and good – and green-fingered! – descend upon West London to ogle each others’ offerings and occasionally throw shade on the sub-standard spots. It’s an enduring tradition, and as our newspaper collection demonstrates, one which has fascinated observers all over the country for […]

The British Newspaper Archive is 3 years old

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

It’s hard to believe, but The British Newspaper Archive has now reached the grand old age of three. We launched on 29 November 2011 with 4 million fully searchable historic newspaper pages and have come a long way since then.   Please click the image to enlarge it   A treasure trove of information You […]

8 new titles, including the London Evening Standard

Posted on August 7th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

We’re thrilled to report that we’ve just started digitising the newspaper archives of eight new titles. There’s much more to come, but take a look at what’s already available online.   1) London Evening Standard   11,000 pages from the London Evening Standard are now available to search at The British Newspaper Archive. Current coverage: […]

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 […]