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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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Hot off the Press – New Titles this Week

This week we have added 131,950 new pages to The Archive. We have added ten new titles, which cover London and the counties of Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire and Oxfordshire. We have updated four of our existing titles too, which cover the county of Cumbria. One of our new titles this week is the Norwood News, published thanks to our ongoing partnership with Trinity Mirror, now Reach plc. Editions from the Norwood News span the years 1868 to 1962, and feature local news stories from South

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Hot off the Press – New Titles this Week

This week we have added 386,252 new pages to The Archive, bringing us now to over 26 million pages available. We have added five new titles, covering the counties of Buckinghamshire and Cumbria, as well as updating five of our existing titles, which cover Newcastle, London, Kent and Bedfordshire. In 1899 the West Cumberland Times reports on the death of one of Cumberland’s most famous sons,  Thomas Henry Ismay. Ismay was the founder of one of the world’s most illustrious, and arguably the most

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Post office evolution

Where would we be without post offices! Believe it or not, but post offices did not always exist. You can learn about their origins in The British Newspaper Archive. You may also discover details about your local post office — when it opened or when previous iterations closed! Among detailing the post office’s evolution, the above article also includes an anecdote that relates to a time when the recipient of a letter was obliged to pay the postage:   ‘The

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Postage stamp appreciation

The love of stamps is no joke; those dedicated to such a love are known as philatelists, and the study of those delicate bits of paper is called philately. Newspapers may not be an obvious source for researching stamps, but they can, in fact, offer a glimpse into the history and evolution of stamps in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. We’ve found a few examples to showcase what treasures you can discover in the historic newspapers on The British Newspaper

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Hot off the press – new titles added this week

This week we have added 119,102 new pages to The Archive. We have new titles covering the cities of London, Birmingham and Newcastle, and the counties of Bedfordshire and Wiltshire. We have also updated thirteen of our existing titles. Thanks to our ongoing partnership with Trinity Mirror (now Reach plc) we have been able to add more modern pages to The Archive, with new titles going all the way up to 1986. Two of our new titles this week are

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Hot off the Press – New Titles this Week

This week we have added 180,279 pages to The Archive. We have published five brand new titles covering the counties of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Gloucestershire. We have also updated 27 titles across The Archive, with additions to titles such as the Music Hall and Theatre Review and the Daily Herald, the precursor to the modern The Sun newspaper. Our updated titles this week span Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England. We have added pages from the year 1926 to the Daily Herald. The Daily Herald was founded as a socialist daily

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Hot off the Press – new titles this week

This week we have added 142,316 new pages to The Archive. We have published five brand new titles, including a brand new sporting title The Referee, with the other new titles covering the counties of Cumbria and Gloucestershire. Our new sporting title, The Referee, features commentary and results for a plethora of sports, including swimming, gymnastics, racing and football. With editions spanning the latter half of the Victorian era, The Referee chronicles one of sport’s greatest rivalries, the Test cricket series contested between England and Australia. Known

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#RoyalWeddings recap

Elizabeth and Philip

With Prince Harry’s wedding underway today, we’re sharing all our posts from this past week’s #RoyalWeddings theme. (With a few extras thrown in!) Enjoy! Tickets for royal weddings are nothing new, as we see from this notice about the wedding of the Princess Royal to the Prince of Orange in 1734 A description of George III’s German bride in 1761 Her Majesty is of middle stature, at present rather what may be called short than tall, but as she is

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Hot off the press – new titles added this week

This week we have added 69,017 new pages to The Archive. We have published five brand new titles and added pages to six existing titles. Our new titles this week cover the counties of Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. The Archive now has eleven titles covering Gloucestershire, twelve covering Oxfordshire and eight for Bedfordshire. We have added pages to the fascinating Music Hall and Theatre Review. This newspaper offers an intriguing glimpse into the world of Victorian entertainment. Discover the Babylon

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