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‘Where the People Boat’ – A Look at the History of the Boating Lake

In May 1905, The Sphere reports how ‘A remarkable scene may be witnessed any Sunday on the big lake at Battersea Park where the people boat.’ And in the early twentieth century, this scene could be found at boating lakes in cities and towns across the country, providing in particular the working classes with leisure opportunities previously unknown to them. In this special blog, using articles and illustrations all to be found within the British Newspaper Archive, we are going to take

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week on The Archive we are delighted to bring to you over 160 years’ worth of updates, with 91,432 new pages having joined us over the past seven days. From national titles to specialist ones, to regional ones covering the south west and north west of England, as well as Scotland, this week’s updates cover a wide range of historical headlines from the distant and not-so distant past. Register now and explore the Archive Heading up our updates this week are

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The Cult of the Cruise – A Look at the History of the Cruise Holiday

In May 1844, the below advertisement appeared in the Cheltenham Chronicle: A Six Weeks Tour, by Steam, to Athens, Smyrna, and Constantinople, calling at Gibraltar and Malta – with the option of visiting, en route, Vigo, Oporto, Lisbon, and Gibraltar.  The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company’s well-known splendid Steam Ship ‘Tagus,’ 900 tons and 300 horse power, will start from Blackwall on Thursday, 20th June, for the above ports. Time occupied in the Passage, out and home, about six weeks

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week the presses continue to whir, and we have added 129,872 brand new pages to our collection. Our additions this week are to Britain’s longest-running tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror, to which we have added over 100,000 colour pages spanning the years 1923 through to 1986, and to the Glamorgan Gazette, which covers the central Glamorgan area. Founded in 1894, it continues to be published to this day. Register now and explore the Archive For anyone with an interest in crime history, the British Newspaper

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Top Dogs of the British Newspaper Archive – Presenting a Selection of Our Favourite Canine Snaps

The British Newspaper Archive is a veritable visual treasure trove, and we have come across a selection of wonderful and historic doggy portraits which we can’t help but share. The Sphere | 23 November 1938 So read on to discover our very special selection of canine photographs, from ‘Herbert’s Wonderful Dog’s to the ‘Most Wonderful Dog in the World,’ from Cruft’s contenders to Battersea rescues, our Archive features some of the best historical dog photography around. Register now and explore The

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week our presses have been on overdrive as we have now passed a landmark of 38 million pages now available to search on the British Newspaper Archive. We have added 177,190 pages in total, with the bulk of these new additions stemming from Britain’s longest-running tabloid, the Daily Mirror, to which we have added over 110,000 new pages. We are delighted to present six brand new titles this week as well, representing historic headlines from England, Ireland, Wales and India. Register now and explore the Archive

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we are celebrating reaching an historic milestone; we now have in our collection newspaper pages from five different centuries, all the way from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. And not only this; we have also added our earliest newspaper pages, from 1699. Moreover, we have added 92,006 brand new pages in the past seven days, with new newspapers joining us from across the British Isles, Ireland, and even further afield! Read on to discover more about our

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Pickles the Dog – An Unlikely Hero of the 1966 World Cup

On 20 March 1966, an audacious robbery was orchestrated at Westminster Central Hall. On show were rare stamps with a total value of £3 million; but these were not the target of the very literal daylight robbery, undertaken under the noses of no less than six security guards. For also on display was the Jules Rimet Trophy, the solid gold prize presented to the winners of the football World Cup, which was to be held in England that summer. Sunday

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we continue to add brand new pages and titles, with a trio of brand new publications joining us this week, and a total of 136,062 new pages added. Our brand new titles this week cover sporting interests, as well as local news from Lancashire and North Wales. Watch out for our extensive updates to our existing titles. We’ve updated 24 of our existing titles, spanning the British Isles and Ireland. From Whitstable to Wakefield, from Worthing to Wexford, from Motherwell

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The Extraordinary Story of Tirptiz the Pig

In this our latest animal-themed blog, we take a look at the extraordinary story of Tirpitz the pig. A shipwreck survivor, and charity fundraiser, we look through our newspapers to tell her remarkable and unlikely story. Register now and explore The Archive Tirpitz and friend | Daily Record | 24 March 1916 The tale of Tirpitz begins on board the SMS Dresden, a light cruiser of the German Imperial Fleet. Pigs were often kept on board battleships to supply fresh meat, but

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