Archive for the “News” Category

New Illustrated Titles Available

Posted on December 7th, 2016 by Elizabeth Bundy

Recently The British Newspaper Archive has added a group of illustrated titles to our collection. These image rich newspapers stand apart from the others in The Archive, featuring both drawn illustrations and high-quality photographs. They are also the most modern newspapers in our collection, with The Illustrated London News running all the way up to […]

Personal and National secrets in Amanda Holden’s family tree

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by Elizabeth Bundy

We followed Amanda Holden’s journey of genealogy in last night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?. She kick-started her research by searching for one of her ancestors on The British Newspaper Archive. Amanda’s mum, Judy, who had been working on their family tree, had been having difficulties finding out the last name of […]

Diving into Danny Dyer’s Past – Learning more from newspapers

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by Molly Wunderli

In last night’s episode, we learned that Danny Dyer is a direct descendant of King Edward III, his 15 times great-grandfather. Many of us lack such famous ancestors, but that doesn’t make ours – and the times they lived in – any less interesting. Let’s take a look at Danny Dyer’s working-class ancestors – some […]

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 […]