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New titles this month! December 2016

We have added eight brand new titles this month.  These include the lavishly illustrated titles we blogged about earlier in the month, and the greatly anticipated Lloyd’s List.   This month also saw the arrival of The Homeward Mail from India China and the East which is a huge boon for those researching the history of empire, or for those with British or Irish ancestors who lived in India. Most recently we added an exciting new title for sports fans, we

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It’s our birthday!

Read all about it, The British Newspaper Archive is 5 years old today! We are delighted to be celebrating our 5th anniversary at The British Newspaper Archive.  We launched on 29 November 2011 with 4 million pages.  Today, we have four times that amount, and just this week, we have passed the 700 mark on the number of titles we hold.  Along with our British titles, we have also published over 125 newspaper titles from across Ireland. According to our

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New titles this month! November 2016

We’ve added ten brand new titles to the British Newspaper Archive this month: two national papers and eight county papers from seven counties in England and Ireland. Cornwall & Devon Launceston Weekly News, and Cornwall & Devon Advertiser Cornish & Devon Post Hampshire Southern Echo Kent Thanet Advertiser Lancashire Northern Daily Telegraph Yorkshire Yorkshire Evening Press Sheffield Weekly Telegraph National Sporting Times The Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service Ireland Tyrone Courier     Remember!

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The Battle of Jutland: A message from Admiral Jellicoe

After the Battle of Jutland, Admiral Jellicoe sent this message to his Fleet, as recorded in the Cornishman on the 15th June 1916: “I desire to express to the flag officers, captains, officers and men of the Grand Fleet my very high appreciation of the manner in which the ships fought during the action of May 31, 1916. At this stage, when full information is not available, it is not possible to enter into details, but quite sufficient is already

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Enjoy 50% off the British Newspaper Archive, for a limited time only

For a limited time only, we’re offering 50% off 1 month subscriptions for the British Newspaper Archive. To take advantage of this opportunity, simply go to purchase a subscription, and use the code JUNE50 at the checkout. But hurry, offer ends 30th June. Take advantage now   3 reasons to try the British Newspaper Archive   * Uncover history as it happened with over 14 million articles dating back to 1710 * Expose forgotten speeches and articles from famous names

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Abduction or elopement? The disappearance of Maria Glenn

Naomi Clifford chanced on the subject of her book The Disappearance of Maria Glenn (published by Pen & Sword in April) while browsing the British Newspaper Archive. She blogs about aspects of Georgian life at www.naomiclifford.com and is currently researching the women executed in England and Wales between 1797 and 1837. In 1829 a young man received an anonymous letter telling him that an heiress was willing to marry him if only he would only rescue her from a large house on the Clapham

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“Wherefore art thou, Romeo?” Shakespeare’s missing men of 1916

Countless celebrations are taking place across the country to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Wherever you live, you’ll find parades, talks and performances of all kinds paying homage to the Bard’s work, but it was a very different story 100 years ago. Search the newspapers On the tercentenary of Shakespeare’s death in 1916, Britain had found itself in the middle of one of the most horrific battles in history. While the odd commemorative event took place in

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The Illustrated Police News: “The worst newspaper in England”

The British Newspaper Archive is packed with weird and wonderful stories of every description. Search the newspapers However, of all the historic titles in this collection, no publication reported the bizarre and the shocking in quite the same way as The Illustrated Police News. The Illustrated Police News was one of Britain’s very first tabloids and one of the first periodicals to tap into the British public’s morbid appetite for crime and sensation. The paper was founded in 1843 and was partly

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“Liner collides with iceberg. Passengers safe” : The Titanic, in our newspapers

At 11:40pm on the 14th of April 1912, the RMS Titanic, which had been transporting 2,208 people from Southampton to New York, hit an iceberg while crossing the North Atlantic ocean. Search the newspapers Over the course of the next few days the British press was littered with conflicting news and information, with statements claiming that all passengers were safe and the “unsinkable” ship had started making its way to Halifax. The Western Times had quite a job keeping up

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How to be loved: Life lessons from The Athlone Sentinel

There’s a lot to be learned from history. Thankfully, the newspapers are one way that those who came before us were able to record their advice to future generations. Search the newspapers One title in particular caught our eye. The Athlone Sentinel offered a wealth of advice on everything from being a man to the importance of white hands. The value of energy “He who, by any intellectual and moral energy, awakens kindred energy in others touches springs of infinite

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