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The ultimate wedding planner, thanks to the historic newspapers

There are many good reasons to search the newspaper archives, such as when you’re looking for your ancestors or researching a local area or historical event. But sometimes it’s nice to just have a browse through the articles. More often than not, you’ll turn up some articles you would never have thought to search for… Search the newspapers …like these articles which provide some sound advice for anyone planning their big day. Don’t forget the banns Don’t drop the ring

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Using newspapers to research WW1 shell shock

Suzie Grogan used The British Newspaper Archive extensively while researching her book, Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health. She got in touch to show us the heart-breaking story she found about her own ancestors and some of the terrible accounts about life during World War One.   **************   My book is the product of two years of intensive research into the trauma of the Great War and its aftermath. But it was a chance

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The story of the 1914 Christmas Truce, as reported by WW1 newspapers

After watching Sainsbury’s Christmas advert, Kate Cole was inspired to research the real story behind WW1’s Christmas Truce. She used The British Newspaper Archive to unearth the experiences of soldiers on the Western Front in 1914.   **************   In December 1914, during first year of World War One, a remarkable event known as the Christmas Day Truce occurred in small pockets along the Western Front. 100 years later, one of Britain’s largest grocery shops has released a Christmas advert re-enacting

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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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‘Dear Boss’ letter: how Jack the Ripper got his name

On 27 September 1888, in the midst of a series of horrific murders in Whitechapel, the Central News Office in London received a letter, signed by ‘Jack the Ripper’. Known as the ‘Dear Boss’ letter because of the way it was addressed, the letter changed the way British newspapers reported the Ripper murders.   Read newspapers from 1888   Facsimiles of the ‘Dear Boss’ letter in the newspapers The name ‘Jack the Ripper’ reached the British press and general public

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Historic headlines: Great Britain joins World War Two on 3 September 1939

Not only does 2014 mark the 100th anniversary of World War One, it is also the 75th anniversary of the start of World War Two.   Newspaper headlines from the beginning of WW2 Britain declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939, following Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland on 1 September.   Search newspapers from World War Two   Take a look at the newspaper headlines from Sunday 3 September, announcing that Britain was at war once more. Nottingham Evening

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Copies of old newspapers reveal a World Cup myth

England took part in the World Cup for the first time in 1950. Like this year’s tournament, the football matches were held in Brazil. The English national team met the United States in the group stages and suffered a shocking 1-0 defeat. The game has gone down in football history and has a rather interesting urban myth attached to it. Many say that English newspapers reported a 10-1 win, assuming that there had been a typing error in the message they received

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70th anniversary of the D-Day landings

Today we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. On 6 June 1944, Allied forces invaded Normandy which was, at that point, occupied by the German Army. It is estimated that over 8,000 people lost their lives on this one day. D-Day reported in British newspapers News of the invasion reached British newspapers during the day on 6 June 1944, so you’ll find initial reports in late editions or in the copies published the following day.   Explore D-Day

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135,000 newspaper pages added

Thousands of extra newspaper pages were added to The British Newspaper Archive in March, including a brand new title – the Evening Despatch.   Search the newspapers   24 other titles were updated this month, including the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, the Dublin Evening Mail and Nottingham Evening Post. You’ll find a full list of recent additions provided below.     Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette – 1769, 1801, 1804, 1805, 1806, 1810, 1812, 1814, 1815, 1816, 1817, 1818, 1819

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30 mph speed limit introduced

The 30 mph speed limit was introduced in built-up areas of Britain on 18 March 1935. Not everybody appreciated the new signs – newspapers reported that eight signs were fished out of a pond a week later! View the whole newspaper page Nottingham Evening Post – Friday 29 March 1935 Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

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