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

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 strong male figures that Danny was hoping to find – and learn how the British Newspaper Archive can help you flesh out the lives of

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

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 panic across the United States. Conducted as a drama broadcast via wireless, the program went out uninterrupted for more than an hour and portrayed the

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Over 275,000 New Pages Added In July!

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 list of last month’s additions below. We hope you enjoy exploring!   TITLE NUM OF PAGES Aberdeen Journal, and General Advertiser for the North of

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The Chelsea Flower Show In Historic Newspapers

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 many decades… Chelsea Flower Shocks As is sometimes the case still today, things haven’t always run smoothly at Chelsea. In 1913 one punter’s dreams were dashed

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The British Newspaper Archive is 3 years old

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 can now search more than 9 million pages, from over 300 British and Irish newspaper titles, spanning 1710-1954. Reading all of those pages would be

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8 new titles, including the London Evening Standard

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: 1860, 1861, 1862, 1866, 1867   Search the London Evening Standard   2) Daily Record   8,000 pages from Glasgow’s Daily Record are already online,

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Working with Wikipedia to bring history facts to light

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, and demonstrates how local British and Irish newspapers can help improve public information about historical topics from around the world. We asked Simon Tushingham, one

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8 million newspaper pages are now fully searchable

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 well worth trying again now. Thousands of pages are added every week, so your chance of finding something amazing increases all the time. So far

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

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 search engineer, my job is to deliver the best search experience we can for our customers. It’s a complex job – every time a search

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