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Writing a first-class History dissertation: How newspapers can help

Ruth Small studied History at Newcastle University and recently got in touch to tell us all about her dissertation. She used The British Newspaper Archive in her research and was awarded a first-class mark, with some amazing comments about the originality of her work.   **************   I wrote my History dissertation about the great fire of Newcastle and Gateshead, which occurred on 6 October 1854. It was a fire which led to an explosion in a warehouse of a

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The first speeding fine – for travelling at 8 mph

Walter Arnold became the first British person to be fined for speeding on this day in 1896. This report from the London Daily News reveals that he’d been travelling at a reckless 8 mph!     View the whole newspaper page London Daily News – Thursday 30 January 1896 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  

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