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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 Babble, the Music Hall and Theatre Review’s gossip column, an intimate commentary on the inner workings of music hall life with reports on engagements, deaths, scandals and exciting new acts.

Music Hall and Theatre Review | 13 April 1889

Acts would advertise in the pages of the Music Hall and Theatre Review, you can find Dan Canary, the champion trick cyclist – ‘not the Prince of Wales, but the Prince of Wheels,’ gentlemen acrobats The Craggs and Jenny Hill, the popular ‘Vital Spark’ of Victorian music hall, all announcing their upcoming appearances.

The Music Hall and Theatre Review would include portraits of performers, stage managers and others associated with the entertainment world. Signor Alberto, a wizard, is profiled in one edition, with accounts of his adventurous life across the globe, his prowess in swimming, flute-playing and cycling noted alongside his talent for magic.

Music Hall and Theatre Review | 04 May 1889 

You can discover more about the other performing arts titles included in The Archive by reading this blog post.

New Titles
Years Added
Cirencester Times and Cotswold Advertiser 1857-1868, 1870-1871
Stroud News and Gloucestershire Advertiser 1867-1880, 1883-1910
Cheltenham Examiner 1839-1904
Luton Reporter 1874-1894, 1897, 1899, 1901-1924
Oxfordshire Telegraph 1860-1871, 1873, 1875-1894

This week we have updated some of our recently added titles.

You can learn more about each of the titles we have added to this week by clicking on their names. On each paper’s title page, you can read a FREE sample issue, learn more about our current holdings, and our plans for digitisation.

Years Added
Music Hall and Theatre Review 1889, 1891
Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser 1833-1850, 1852-1854
Bridgwater Mercury 1876
Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 1878
Sligo Champion 1871-1896
Hereford Journal 1910

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You can keep up to date with all the latest additions by visiting the recently added page.  You can even look ahead to see what we’re going to add tomorrow.


1 comments On Hot off the press – new titles added this week

  • Geoffrey Woollard

    This is a great site for research. Thank you. May I request that you include The Newmarket Journal as soon as possible. This was (from 1882), and still is, the Newmarket area’s principal local paper. In its earlier days – until relatively recently – there was extensive coverage of local and family events, all of which shone a light on local society. It would be yet another invaluable resource for researchers.

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