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#1918Newspapers

To mark the centenary of the armistice that ended fighting during the First World War, throughout 2018, we are tweeting a historical newspaper front page from the same date 100 years ago. We’re delving into the British Newspaper Archive to bring you the daily news as it was reported a century ago, during one of the most momentous years in history. Follow us on Twitter and look for #1918Newspapers to stay up-to-date each day or keep track via our specially-designed tweet wall below.

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Maud Arncliff-Sennett – A militant suffragette

Alice Maud Mary Arncliffe-Sennett was an energetic militant suffragette, determined to fight for women’s suffrage even if that meant getting arrested and going against prominent leaders such as Emmeline Pankhurst and Milicent Fawcett.  Through the newspapers, we can find details about Arncliffe-Sennett’s life, career, and activism. Alice, or Maud as she was often called, lived in London and worked as an actress.  Her stage name was Mary Kingsley.  Here is a review by The Era of her performance as Lady MacBeth in ‘that

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Anna Garvey Kelly – an Irish Suffragette

This year, in recognition of the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, we will showcase the lives and activities of women involved in the Suffrage movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Despite making headlines for their activities many of these women are now forgotten. In this blog post we will revive the memory of Irish Suffragette, Anna Garvey Kelly, whose support of the cause of Suffrage saw her spend a month in Holloway prison

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Grace Hodsdon Boutelle – An American Suffragette in London

Grace Boutelle was an American activist involved in the suffrage movement in England. For a time, Boutelle resided in England and, in her efforts to support the movement, was arrested alongside her fellow activists. Explore findings from our English newspapers and, from our sister-site Findmypast, newspapers from the United States. Click on an image below to enlarge then use the arrows to move image by image throughout the collection. In the image viewer, you can also make an image full-screen,

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Hot off the press – new titles added this week

Our additions this week tipped us over the 24 million page mark at The Archive.  At the time of writing (it changes so fast these days!) we have 24,096,659 pages for your reading pleasure.  This week we’ve added four brand new titles, two for Ireland and two for England. Our new joiners this week include The Bromyard News, this Herefordshire paper also carried news for west Worcestershire.  We plan to publish editions from 1883 to 1903.  By 1899 the paper

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Annie Kenney

Annie Kenney gained attention in her work for the suffrage movement in 1905 following her arrest for assault and obstruction during a rally in Manchester. Kenney would become one of the leading figures in the Woman’s Social and Political Union and face imprisonment multiple times during her activist career fighting for the right to vote. Click on an image below to enlarge then use the arrows to move image by image throughout the collection. In the image viewer, you can

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Daisy Solomon

Suffragette Daisy Solomon appeared in several articles found in The British Newspaper Archive. Solomon was the daughter of Saul Solomon, a former representative of Cape Town, and Georgiana Solomon (née Thomson), who was also a suffragette. Mother and daughter were both arrested numerous times during their efforts to gain the right to vote in the United Kingdom. Click on an image below to enlarge then use the arrows to move image by image throughout the collection. In the image viewer, you

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Hot Off The Press – New Additions This Week

We’ve added 210,632 historical newspaper pages to the Archive in the last seven days.  The latest additions include one brand new title – North Star and Farmers’ Chronicle. This Scottish paper was founded in 1893 and still exists today, now simply known as North Star. The paper mainly covers the old county of Ross & Cromarty taking in the towns of Dingwall, Tain, Alness and Invergordon. 835 issues of North Star and Farmers’ Chronicle, containing over 6,400 pages have been released spanning the years 1895-1903 and 1905-1911.

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Agness Olive Beamish

Agness Olive Beamish was an English Suffragette. Historic newspapers are rich with details on the suffrage movement. We’ve pulled pieces that mention Beamish from The British Newspaper Archive. It is worth mentioning for searching purposes that Beamish often went by Olive instead of Agness. Click on an image below to enlarge then use the arrows to move image by image throughout the collection. In the image viewer, you can also make an image full-screen, view the images as a slideshow

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Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst

One name that you will doubtless encounter if you’ve spent any time researching the suffrage movement in England is Pankhurst. Emmeline and her daughters were actively engaged in the work, with Emmeline and, later, her eldest daughter, Christabel, leading the Women’s Social and Political Union. Click on the next arrow to scroll through eleven images featuring one of the most famous suffragettes in history. Subscribe today and discover more stories on the suffrage movement    

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Hot off the press – new titles added this week

It’s been a lovely week at The Archive.  We announced the arrival of The Suffragette to The Archive, added another three brand new titles and revisited several dozen titles, bringing them all one year forward. This week our brand new titles are for the counties of Cheshire and Worcestershire in England, and Monmouthshire (Gwent) in Wales. By 1859 The Congleton & Macclesfield Mercury, and Cheshire General Advertiser was describing itself as ‘illustrated’.  The paper, like many of the period, was

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