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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive has been another incredibly busy one, as we have added 116,740 brand new pages, with eight brand new titles in all joining us. And all of our eight new titles of the week hail from Wales, and include two Welsh language newspapers, a specialist political title, and a shipping gazette. Meanwhile, we have updated 26 of our existing titles. So read on to discover more about our eight brand new titles of the week, as well as to find out

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Hamlet Histories and Village Tales – Uncovering Rural Local History on The Archive

So far this November we’ve been celebrating all things local history, and earlier this month we brought you a guide on how to discover more about the history of your street. But now we turn from urban to rural, as we take a look at how to uncover the history of those places where there might only be one street, the hamlets and the villages of the United Kingdom. This blog, therefore, will show you how to uncover local history

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we are celebrating reaching another incredible milestone – we have now reached 46 million pages in our collection, all now available to search. Meanwhile, we have added 181,690 brand new pages over the last seven days, with the addition of eight brand new titles, from London, Peterborough and Beckenham, whilst we have also updated an amazing 85 of our existing titles. So read on to discover more about all our new titles of the week, which include an historic law and bankruptcy title, as well

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‘Memorials of Various Kinds’ – How Britain’s Communities Honoured Their ‘Glorious Dead’

By November 1920, some ‘three millions of money‘ had been spent on ‘memorials of various kinds and designs…in the United Kingdom,’ as reported the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald. In today’s money, that’s roughly £87,000,000 – the equivalent of £2 donated by every person in Britain. The strength of the nation’s desire to remember their war dead is manifested in these memorials, as the population struggled to come to terms with the great losses suffered during the First World War, in which

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we have been busy adding another 174,440 brand new pages for you to explore, with the addition of eleven historic new titles to our collection. Meanwhile, we have updated 30 of our existing titles, adding thousands of pages from Liverpool to Lincolnshire, as well as updating pages to some of our sporting and industrial titles. So read on to discover more about all of our new and updated titles of the week, and also to find out more about the beerhouse,

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How To Discover the History of Your Street Using The Archive

The British Newspaper Archive is a fantastic resource for local history, and in particular, it can be very useful in researching the history of your street. In this special blog, we will give you all the hints and tips you will need to start your own research into your road, whilst also examining the story of one of London’s lesser known historic streets, which was once a pathway of pilgrims before becoming one of the city’s most notorious slums. So

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we have added 99,778 brand new pages, with seven brand new special interest titles joining our collection over the past seven days, which provide an incredible snapshot of early twentieth century culture. From cars to yachts, from movies to the modern man, our new titles this week furnish an exciting panorama of what life was like over one hundred years ago. Meanwhile, we have extensive updates to some of our existing titles, with over 50,000 pages being added to

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Hot off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we have been busy adding an incredible 167,444 brand new pages to our collection, with nineteen new titles added in all. And this week’s new titles have an especially Scottish theme, with a lucky thirteen new titles added from Scotland alone over the past seven days. Meanwhile, we have added six historic London titles, digitised as part of the British Library’s Heritage Made Digital programme, and updated fifteen of our existing newspaper titles, including pages from Wales and the 1700s. So read on to discover about

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‘Strange Customs’ – Exploring the Ancient Origins and Traditions of Halloween

Nowadays, we tend to think of Halloween as a thoroughly modern phenomenon, an American Hallmark holiday. But using newspapers from the Victorian era, accessed through The Archive, we will discover in this blog how Halloween is a thoroughly ancient phenomenon. We will look at the ancient origins of the October festival, and explore its traditions, some of which have lasted through to this day, like bobbing for apples, and others that have fallen by the wayside, for example the day’s

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Una Marson – a pioneer and activist

We are taking a deep dive into the work of Una Marson.  Marson was one of Jamaica’s most influential poets, broadcasters, and activists.  She was a feminist pioneer and the first Black woman employed by the BBC.  She was also the first Black woman to have her play performed in the West End and the first Black woman to attend the League of Nations.  One blog post cannot do justice to her incredible career, but we hope to use The

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