The British Newspaper Archive Blog – Amazing finds and news from over 300 years of historical newspapers

Blog

Blog Posts

Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week we have added 110,830 new pages to The Archive. We are delighted to welcome two specialist titles, Justice – ‘the oldest socialist journal in the British Islands,’ and the Tablet, a Roman Catholic newspaper. We also have one further brand new addition, the Portadown News from County Armagh in Northern Ireland. We have also updated two of our existing titles, the West Middlesex Gazette and the Staffordshire Sentinel. This week we have added the years 1930 to 1938 to the Staffordshire Sentinel, with 28,000 new searchable pages. Founded in

Continue Reading

Tags

Hot Off The Press – New Titles Added This Week

This week we have added 129,608 new pages to The Archive. We are excited to welcome four brand new titles to our collection, all of which are London-based publications. Joining us this week is the Kensington Post, with covered years spanning 1918 to 1990, the Tottenham & Edmonton Weekly Herald, covering 1877, the West Middlesex Gazette, with pages spanning 1898 to 1941, and finally the Ealing Gazette & West Middlesex Observer, with added years 1898 to 1923. We also have updates to seven of our existing titles, with

Continue Reading

Tags

Hot Off The Press – New Titles Added This Week

This week have added 139,520 new pages to The Archive. We are delighted to welcome four brand new titles this week, three of which cover the late twentieth century: London title the Harefield Gazette, the Reading Evening Post and Buckinghamshire title the Amersham Advertiser. Rounding off our new titles this week is the Orcadian, which covers the years 1854 to 1912 and was published in Kirkwall, Orkney. We have updates to ten of our existing titles this week, with new pages covering the length and breadth

Continue Reading

Tags

,

Hot Off The Press – New Titles Added This Week

This week we have added 117,904 new pages to The Archive. We are very excited to have two brand new titles joining us this week – the Folkestone Express, Sandgate, Shorncliffe & Hythe Advertiser, which spans the years between 1868 and 1919, and the Central Somerset Gazette, which covers the years between 1862 and 1981. This week also sees updates to four of our existing titles, with further updates to last week’s new title the East Kent Gazette, as well as new pages for

Continue Reading

Tags

Hot off the press – new titles added this week

This week 134,952 have joined the Archive.  We have added two home counties titles for England, The East Kent Gazette and the Bucks Examiner for Buckinghamshire.  We have also added to ten of our existing titles, details of those updated are in a table at the end of this post. Newspapers often change their names, as they are bought out by competitors and expand, or contract, their reach.  Both of our new titles underwent name changes over the years, if

Continue Reading

Tags

, ,

Rose Heilbron – Legal Superstar of the 1950s

‘If you want something to write, write about Rose Heilbron. She’s the greatest lawyer in history.’ These were the words of Jack Comer as he left the Old Bailey in September 1955, having been defended by 39-year-old Rose Heilbron QC, and subsequently acquitted. Who was Rose Heilbron? Born in August 1914, she was the first woman to win a scholarship at Grey’s Inn, one of the first two women to be appointed to the King’s Bench, the first woman to

Continue Reading

Tags

, , ,

Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week we have added 128,578 new pages to The Archive. We are excited to welcome two brand new additions to our collection – the much requested Long Eton Advertiser and the Runcorn Guardian. We also have updates to six our existing titles, including three of our Irish publications, as well as the Middlesex County Times, the Manchester Evening News and the Lennox Herald. This week sees substantial additions to our twentieth century holdings, including an extensive run of 1930s titles, featuring the Middlesex County Times and the Long Eaton

Continue Reading

Tags

The King Is Dead, Long Live The Queen – The Newspapers of 6 February 1952

On the 6 February 1952 the world was stunned by the news of the death of King George VI. His 25 year-old daughter, the Princess Elizabeth, succeeded him. In this special blog post we take a look at how the news was broken on that day 67 years ago, and how it impacted the country and indeed the rest of the world. Coventry Evening Telegraph | 6 February 1952 The Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail reported the King’s passing in the following

Continue Reading

Tags

, ,

Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at the Archive we have made available 164,440 new pages to view. We are delighted to welcome two brand new titles to the collection: the Middlesex County Times and the Sunday Independent (Dublin). We also have significant updates to some of our existing titles, including The People, where added years span 1881 to 1980, and the Penny Illustrated Paper. There are also updates to the Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough and the Yorkshire Evening Press. This week’s new pages offer rich coverage of the 1880s and 1890s, with the Penny Illustrated Paper featuring a wealth

Continue Reading

Tags

‘The BNA Has Opened A Window Into A World I Was Sure Was Lost Forever’ – Customer Testimonial

Here at the British Newspaper Archive, we love to hear about the discoveries our users have made on our site. Last week, we had the pleasure to receive a letter from Councillor Dan Kelly, from County Tyrone, detailing his experiences using the Archive. The letter is reproduced in full below. I come from the small village of Glenmornan in rural County Tyrone. Recently, I was asked for help with some local research – not being an historian, I started in

Continue Reading

Tags

, , , ,