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It’s a Woman’s Life! A celebration of the ATS, inspired by Dad’s Army

As the film adaptation of the beloved BBC television series Dad’s Army is released today, many critics have applauded the film’s new take on women’s involvement in the war. Far from being the running gag of the little woman heard but never seen, Mrs Mainwaring has stepped up to take centre stage, leading a group of women in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. Search the newspapers The role that these women played, whether acting as telephonists in France to or cooks

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Coupon Monday: Rationing is introduced in Britain on this day in 1940

On the 8th of January 1940 rationing was introduced in Britain. With over 70% of the food supply imported before WWII, the government decided to safeguard against any plots to starve Britain into submission by introducing the rationing scheme. The Ministry of Food’s explanation for the scheme was published in a number of newspapers: The new scheme was well documented across the newspapers… But there was reassurance that even the royal family was doing their bit for the war effort:

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160,000 newspaper pages added from 1787-1954

Thousands of English, Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh newspaper pages were added to The British Newspaper Archive in July. We hope you’ll enjoy exploring them!   Search the newspapers   Eight extra newspaper titles You’ll now find copies of eight brand new newspaper titles at The British Newspaper Archive, including the London Evening Standard, Glasgow’s Daily Record and the Surrey Comet.   Learn more about the new titles   Thousands of new articles, adverts and illustrations to explore The Gloucester

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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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The start of WW1: Austria-Hungary declares war

World War One officially started on 28 July 1914 when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. There are currently 25 newspapers from 28 July 1914 available to view online at The British Newspaper Archive. You’ll find clippings from some of these newspapers below, showing how the start of the war was reported.   Explore newspapers from 1914   Austria-Hungary’s declaration of war starts WW1 The Serbian Prime Minister received a telegram at 12.30pm on 28 July 1914. It stated that ‘Austria-Hungary…

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