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The Regent’s Park Skating Tragedy – 16 January 1867

On 16 January 1867 Regent’s Park in London was witness to the worst ice-skating tragedy in British history. In this special blog post, we take a look at how the newspapers in our Archive can help us understand exactly what happened that day, by hearing from the voices of those who were caught up in the catastrophe. In the Luton Times & Advertiser, 19 January 1867, the following is described: At about a quarter-past four, when a large number of

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week we have added 108,256 pages to the Archive. We have added two brand new titles – the Gorey Guardian, published in Wexford, and the Bray People, published in Wicklow. Both these titles cover the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. We have also added new pages to the New Ross Standard and to the Lichfield Mercury. We have added just under 26,000 new pages to the Lichfield Mercury, thanks to our ongoing partnership with Trinity Mirror (Reach plc). These pages span the years between

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

Despite it not quite being a full week since our last update, we are happy to announce the addition of 119,672 new pages to The Archive. After a bumper Christmas crop of new pages, we have updates to two of our existing titles, Wexford publication the New Ross Standard, and Reach plc (Trinity Mirror) title the Cheshire Observer. Both updates cover the twentieth century, whilst the New Ross Standard extends into the twenty-first century, with pages spanning the years between 1911 and 2005. In

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Hot off the Press – New Titles added this Week

What a great year 2018 was for the British Newspaper Archive.  We added 6,226,893 pages to the Archive across 329 titles.  It has been our absolute privilege to assist the British Library, Reach Plc (Trinity Mirror) and Independent News and Media PLC, and other partners, to digitise their collections of historic newspapers and bring them online. Since our last update we have added an additional 228,772 pages across ten titles, including one brand new title.  The Lennox Herald for Dumbartonshire

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week we have added 166,508 new pages to The Archive. We have updated fifteen of our existing titles, with updates to four of our Irish titles, and titles covering the counties of Surrey, Cheshire, Devon, Dorset, Kent and Middlesex, as well as the cities of Newcastle and Liverpool. This week also sees updates to one of our performing arts publications, The Showman. The Showman was ‘an illustrated journal for showmen and all entertainers,’ and our updates include pages from 1901. The Showman gives a fascinating

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week we have added 106,638 new pages to the Archive. We have updated six of our recently added titles, with updates to five of our Irish titles, including additions from the 1970s to the Belfast Telegraph. Continuing with our in depth exploration of all things cinema this month at the Archive, we take a look at the 1924 film The Epic of Everest, with help from recently added pages to cinema industry publication The Bioscope. The Epic of Everest is something of a

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week we have added 142,416 new pages to The Archive. We are delighted to announce that we have now passed the 29 million mark in total searchable pages. We have two brand new titles joining the archive this week, the Enniscorthy Guardian, published in Wexford and covering dates between 1889 and 2005, and the Kerryman, with pages covering the years between 1904 and 2002. We also have updates this week to six of our existing titles. There are extensive nineteenth century updates to

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week we have added 153,688 new pages to our Archive. We have updated five of our existing titles, with additions to the Belfast Telegraph, cinema title The Bioscope, Norfolk based title the Eastern Daily Press and Welsh title the Western Mail. We have one brand new title this week, the Sunday Tribune. The Sunday Tribune was a Dublin based newspaper, and you can now find 619 issues on the Archive, covering the years 1993 to 2002. You can also find this week extensive updates to Lancashire title the Heywood Advertiser. We have

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week we have added 114,380 new pages to the Archive. We have added pages to seven of our existing titles, with updates to our special cinema title The Bioscope, three of our Irish titles the Belfast Telegraph, the Wexford People and the Dublin Evening Telegraph, as well as updates to the Western Mail and the Liverpool Echo. We have also added 20,892 new pages to the Surrey Advertiser, covering the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. In the Victorian period, the county of Surrey was home to

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Guest Post – How pupils from the High School of Dundee connected with the First World War, by Niall Joss

We are delighted this week to feature a very special blog post from the High School of Dundee, written by Niall Joss, which explores how pupils connected with the First World War through the British Newspaper Archive and a war memorial. How did the British Newspaper Archive and a war memorial inspire primary school children to connect with the First World War? With the centenary of the end of First World War just passed, how can children born in the

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