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A newspaper title for every county in Ireland!

Cliffs of Moher

We are thrilled to announce we have reached another milestone in our project to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection of historic British & Irish newspapers.  Following the addition of a newspaper title from County Leitrim, our online archive now provides a title from all 32 counties across Ireland. Register now and view 3 pages for FREE The British Newspaper Archive contains more than 21 million newspaper pages from 815 titles from England, Wales,

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The hair, violence, and craftsmanship of Emma Willis’ ancestors

Trinity College, Dublin

Emma Willis explored the back streets of Birmingham, uncovered a violent ancestor, and revealed magnificent Irish craftsmanship in her family tree.  In this week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, we followed the lives of three of Willis’ ancestors: James Gretton, Richard Fowler, and Michael Kirwan.  We will take a closer look at the newspapers and explore what more we can discover about the stories and lives revealed. James Gretton Emma Willis found out that her three-time great

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175th anniversary of the Illustrated London News

First edition of the Illustrated London News

Illustrated London News   On 14 May 1842, 175 years ago today, the Illustrated London News, the world’s first illustrated newspaper, debuted.  Founded by Herbert Ingram of Lincolnshire, the paper was a pioneer in pictorial journalism.  The British Newspaper Archive is proud to hold more than 7,000 issues of the Illustrated London News across its 161-year run for you to explore.   Register today and explore the Illustrated London News.   From its inaugural edition, the editors were confident in their

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New titles this month! March

March has been a great month at the Archive.  We have added eight brand new titles this month including the Rutland Echo and Leicestershire Advertiser.  In bringing online a newspaper for England’s smallest county we now have a newspaper for every county in England.  And we won’t stop there.  Our England collection will continue to grow. And watch this space for similar ‘country completion’ announcements. This month we are particularly pleased to announce the addition of issues from the 1850s

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Mothering Sunday

Whilst Mothering Sunday is now commonly combined and celebrated with the secular holiday of Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom and Ireland, its origin is religious in nature and separate from that of the American Mother’s Day. Starting in the 1700s, individuals would attend a special service on Laetare Sunday (the fourth Sunday of Lent) at their mother church (usually the church where an individual was baptised or their local parish church/closest cathedral). This activity was soon coined as going

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St Patrick’s Day through the years

In honour of St Patrick’s Day, we’ve dug into The British Newspaper Archive to find out how the day has been celebrated in different parts of the world over the last century. Interested in finding more examples of St Patrick’s Day celebrations? Register today and explore all of The British Newspaper Archive! Register for free today!  

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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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Getting the most out of Irish newspapers

If you’re interested in Irish history the Irish titles on the British Newspaper Archive can give you an insight that you won’t find in any history book. With more than 136 titles available to browse going back to the mid-18th century and right up to an independent Ireland they are a rich resource for political and social historians alike as well as the more casual reader. You’ll find a picture of day to day life, from the highest scented halls

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10 million newspaper pages are now fully searchable

Just a month after hitting the 9.5 million page milestone, we’re very pleased to announce that there are now 10 million historic newspaper pages available at The British Newspaper Archive. The website launched with 4 million pages in November 2011, which means there’s now 150% more to explore. If you’ve not searched the collection for a while, it’s definitely time to try again.   Search the newspapers –>   More to search and a great-value subscription It’s not just our

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17 Irish newspaper titles added to The British Newspaper Archive

Those of you who keep an eye on our Latest Additions page will have noticed that we’ve recently been adding a lot of new titles from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. In total, 17 Irish newspaper titles have joined The British Newspaper Archive in the last few months. There’s more to come, but take a look at what’s already available online. Newspaper titles from Northern Ireland 1) Belfast Mercantile Register and Weekly Advertiser   Current coverage: 1,200 newspaper

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