Archive for the “News” Category

10 unusual vintage Valentine’s Day cards

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

The tradition of sending and receiving Valentine’s Day cards is well documented in The British Newspaper Archive, but not all were as sentimental as you might expect. We’ve found a number of references in our historical newspapers to the unusual Valentines that were exchanged. Here’s a selection of the best for you to enjoy.   […]

Facebook in the Edwardian era

Posted on February 4th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Facebook is 10 years old today, but did you know there was actually also a ‘Face-book’ in 1902? We’ve found this reference in the Western Times, describing a book in which ‘everyone who comes to stay has to draw a face in… however badly, and sign his name underneath’.   View the whole newspaper page […]

Help us improve The British Newspaper Archive

Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

We’re planning some exciting changes in 2014 and would love to get a better understanding of what you want from The British Newspaper Archive.   Complete our survey and win a 12 month subscription Please spare us 10 minutes of your time to complete a short survey, telling us how you use the website and […]

The ‘new game of badminton’ in India

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

Did you know that badminton originated in India? Versions of the game had been played by local children for years and it was adopted by British military officers stationed there. We’ve found this charming illustration of ‘the new game of badminton in India’, printed in The Graphic in 1874: View the whole newspaper page The Graphic […]

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  

Severe thunder storms reported in 1831

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

The stormy UK weather has been monopolising the news lately, as it also did in 1831. The Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette reported the following: ‘We never recollect in one week so many and so violent thunder-storms as during the last… at Ilsley the hail-stones laid on the ground 18 inches deep, and great numbers […]

Festive Holiday Dates for the BNA Helpdesk

Posted on December 20th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Please note that the BNA Helpdesk will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve, and will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day – it will reopen at 9am on Friday 27th of December. For the New Year, the Helpdesk will close at 5pm on New Year’s Eve, and will be closed on New Year’s […]

‘Poetess Weds Lion Tamer’ – Reported in ‘The Dundee Courier’ on 6 January 1938

Posted on December 20th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘He was the first man to ride into a cage of nine lions and direct their performance from the back of a Somalian stallion…’ Oh, we think this will likely be our favourite newspaper headline for January. Let’s hope this poetess was an ailurophile, and that the lion tamer was a poetry lover! And we […]

Alfred Dreyfus – Degraded and Sentenced to Life Imprisonment on “Devil’s Island”, 5 January 1895

Posted on December 20th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘Tell all France that I am innocent’ – Alfred Dreyfus In Paris on 5 January 1895, Captain Alfred Dreyfus was stripped of his army rank and sentenced to life imprisonment on “Devil’s Island”. Here is a newspaper story published on 7 January 1895 entitled, ‘The Degradation of Dreyfus’, that reports on the utterly humiliating ceremony […]

General Tom Thumb – Born on 4 January 1838

Posted on December 20th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

General Tom Thumb (aka Charles Sherwood Stratton), the performer who achieved worldwide fame in P.T. Barnum’s circus, was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on 4 January 1838. To celebrate the day, here is a fascinating profile of Tom Thumb, from a newspaper published in 1844. Carlisle Journal – Saturday 16 November 1844 Image © THE BRITISH […]