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Contemporary Reactions to Modernist Writers

Novelist Edwin Muir attempted in 1926 to identify those writers who were ‘influencing the development of literature’ (Nottingham Journal, October 1926) in a series of essays entitled Transition. His choices, which included Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and D.H. Lawrence, amongst others, survived the test of time and as such represent the most celebrated authors of the modernist period. Graphic | 26 October 1929 Using reviews taken from the pages of the British Newspaper Archive, and limiting our search to only those

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week we are delighted to welcome 72,340 brand new pages to The Archive. We have an amazing six brand new titles for England’s biggest county – Yorkshire – covering towns in the north and the west of the county. In addition to this wealth of new Yorkshire content, we have added new titles from Nottinghamshire and Lancashire. Register now and explore the Archive Heading up our crop of new Yorkshire titles is the Scarborough Gazette. Established in 1844, it sought to be a ‘high

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Long Hair is Dead, Long Live the Bob – An Exploration of The Defining Hairstyle of the 1920s

‘Short hair is not a whim of fashion; it is significant for an adaptation to modern existence,’ so proclaimed hairdresser Monsieur Eugène in 1929 (Britannia and Eve, August 1929). In this special blog, using pages from the British Newspaper Archive, we explore one of the most iconic fashions of the 1920s – the bob. We look at its cultural impact, its most famous wearers, and how women achieved and maintained the perfect bobbed style. Want to learn more? Register now

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

Here on The Archive new titles just keep on coming! We’ve added 109,854 brand new pages this week, and we are delighted to have added eleven brand new titles from all corners of the United Kingdom and Ireland, covering 120 years of history. This week sees the addition of some historic Irish titles, including the Kilkenny Moderator and the Sligo Independent. The Kilkenny Moderator is a particularly old title; it was founded in 1814 by Abraham Denroche. Although it had a Protestant-Unionist viewpoint, it was also an enthusiastic

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‘All These Barriers are Broken Down’ – Five Remarkable Women Who Shaped the 1920s

The 1920s were time of greater freedoms and liberation for women. They cropped their hair, their dresses got shorter and shorter; it was socially acceptable for them to drive, drink and smoke. But such freedoms would not have been possible without the pioneering women who not only shaped the decade, but the many years to come. Graphic | 27 July 1929 In this special blog, using the British Newspaper Archive, we take a look at five of these remarkable women and

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

As we welcome in the brand new decade, we are delighted to welcome 195,968 new pages to The Archive. This includes an incredible 13 brand new titles, which cater to a plethora of different interests – from specialist religious, political and sporting titles, to regional publications. Covering over one hundred years, and spanning the countries of England, Ireland and Scotland, settle in and enjoy your guide to this eclectic smorgasbord of historical newspapers. Truth Heading up our new arrivals this week

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Five Quirky Firsts and Inventions from the 1920s

The 1920s were a decade of firsts and innovations, and many of the things we take for granted today have their roots in this eventful decade. From televisions to fridges, from roller coasters to Branston Pickle, from crosswords to death rays, we take a look at just a few of the brilliant and bizarre inventions that stemmed from the 1920s – using advertisements and articles from the British Newspaper Archive. Want to learn more? Register now and explore The Archive

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Discovering Ancient Christmas Customs on The Archive

Our familiar Christmas customs – decorating our houses with holly and ivy, enjoying chocolate yule logs and giving presents – have, for the most part, their origins in ancient pagan practices. In this special blog, using articles taken from the rich pages of the British Newspaper Archive, we take a look at how our Christmas traditions have evolved through time, with Druid, Roman and Norse influences. Want to learn more? Register now and explore The Archive From Saturnalia to The

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week we have added 103,488 new pages to The Archive, and we are delighted to welcome two brand new titles to our collection. Our brand new titles this week have a Celtic theme: with the first being the Leven Advertiser and Wemyss Gazette, a weekly title published in Leven, Fife, and the second being the South Wales Gazette. This latter title is another weekly publication, published out of Abertillery, and became known as the South Wales Gazette and Newport News from 1892. South Wales Gazette | 7 February

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week we have added 103,570 new pages to The Archive, with an impressive 6 brand new titles joining our collection. In addition to these new titles, we have updates to 9 of our existing publications. In all, our new pages this week cover 120 years of history, and span the towns, cities and countryside of England, Scotland and Wales. This week sees a brand new addition to our Leicestershire newspapers. The Ashby-de-la-Zouch Gazette covers the area around the market town, and was a weekly

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