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One Million More Free To View Pages Added To The Archive

As part of our ongoing partnership with the British Library, we are delighted to announce that one million more pages on the British Newspaper Archive have now been made free to view on our site, meaning that we now have two million pages in total that can be accessed freely as part of our collection.

And we’re not stopping here. We’re planning to release a total of five million free to view pages on The Archive over five years, meaning that more and more people will now be able to access the wonderful newspapers in our collection, all made possible by our partnership with the British Library.

To find out how to access our free to view newspaper collection, please click here. Alternatively, all you need to do is to register a free account with us, and filter your results by access type ‘Free to View.’

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But before you get searching, find out more about the wonderful additions we have made to our free to view collection this year below, whilst the details about the 2021 release can be found here.

An Overview

This year’s release sees 244 newspaper titles from across Britain, Ireland and India joining our free to view collection. The newspapers span four centuries of history, with our earliest free to view page hailing from 1699, and our latest from 1900.

Friend of India and Statesman | 15 October 1863

For the first time on The Archive an Indian title is now free to view, Kolkata’s Friend of India and Statesman, which joins the Royal Gazette of Jamaica to help tell the often confronting story of the British Empire.

Meanwhile, joining our free to view collection are over 160,000 pages from Scotland, over 70,000 pages from Wales (including several Welsh language titles) and over 20,000 pages from the Republic of Ireland and Northern IrelandThe largest title to be released as free to view is the Glasgow Herald, which spans the years 1820 to 1900, and incorporates over 130,000 pages.

Glasgow Herald | 11 February 1820

We have a host of unique and unusual newspapers joining our free to view collection this year, from a newspaper produced as a handkerchief, to one that was entirely spelled as spoken. We also have a range of fascinating Victorian illustrated titles that you can browse through for free, as well as some new free to view political and philosophical newspaper pages

How have we chosen these titles to add to this year’s free to view release? Working with the British Library, we have selected titles from the 19th Century Newspaper project, which was funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee and was the British Library’s first major newspaper digitisation programme. We’ve also selected titles from the Heritage Made Digital digitisation project, another British Library project that seeks to ‘transform access’ to a range of British Library holdings, including newspapers. Many of the titles from the Heritage Made Digital project were published in London during the first part of the nineteenth century.

Finally, we’ve also included titles digitised by the Living With Machines research project, a collaboration between the British Library, the Alan Turing Institute and five partner universities, a pioneering look at life in the industrialised areas of Britain in the Victorian era.

To find out more about some of the highlights of this year’s free to view release, as well as to find a complete list of all the free to view titles that we have added, carry on reading. Or, start your free to view journey by registering with us, and having a browse of our free to view pages.

Unique and Unusual

One of the more unusual titles to be contained in this year’s free to view release is Berthold’s Political Handkerchief, which joined The Archive as part of the Heritage Made Digital project. What made Berthold’s Political Handkerchief stand out from the crowd when it appeared on the publishing scene in 1831 was that it was printed on calico, in a ploy to get round the newspaper stamp duty tax of the time.

Berthold’s Political Handkerchief | 3 September 1831

Indeed, Berthold’s Political Handkerchief might have heralded a new trend for newspaper publication, its first issue proclaiming how ‘a piece of printed cotton may be read and then used for a thousand different purposes.’ However, the bold venture was not to last, the Political Handkerchief only appearing nine more times, whilst its founder Henry Berthold was eventually arrested and transported for theft.

Sitting alongside Berthold’s Political Handkerchief as one of the more unusual free to view titles is the Fonetic Nuz, which was first published on 6 January 1849. Founded by mathematician, philologist and phonetician Alexander J. Ellis (1814-1890), whose other claim to fame was being the prototype for Professor Henry Higgins in the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion, the Fonetic Nuz was published to promote phonetic spelling.

Fonetic Nuz | 13 January 1849

Ellis passionately believed that by instigating spelling reform, and using phonetics, the literacy rate in Britain could be improved. At the time the Fonetic Nuz was published, over half of the women married the previous year signed their name with a cross, with a third of men doing the same.

A noble endeavour, the publication of the Fonetic Nuz, in which everything was spelled as spoken, met with widespread ridicule amongst the British and Irish press. By the April of 1849 the Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier reported that the newspaper had ‘already given up the ghost,’ although this was not strictly true. Despite support from areas, the Fonetic Nuz limped on to 25 May 1849, although the Cork Examiner was premature in marking its demise, printing the satirical obituary, authored by ‘Man in the Moon,’ below on 13 April 1849.

Cork Examiner | 13 April 1849
Pen and Pencil | 17 February 1855

Bringing together Pen and Pencil were the publishers behind the new illustrated titles which have now been made free to view on the British Newspaper Archive. Published by J. Clayton, ‘Illustrated Family Newspaper‘ Pen and Pencil appeared on newsagent shelves on 10 February 1859, with the aims of uniting two qualities, which were ‘literary ability and artistic excellence.’

The first edition went on to explain how the new title would give a ‘well-arranged and interesting and clear digest of the week’s news, with illustrations really illustrating and helping to the better understanding of those news.’ Furthermore, it looked to better its more well-known rivals The Spectator and the Illustrated London News, featuring the impressive artwork of engraver William James Linton (1812-1897), who later emigrated to the United States. Whether or not Pen & Pencil succeeded in its aims, we will leave you to judge.

Illustrated London Life | 23 April 1843

Another illustrated title joining our collection of free to view titles is Illustrated London Life, which made the bold claim (newspapers of this time were far from immune in making such claims) of being ‘one of the most extraordinary Publications ever offered to the World.’ Again, we will let you pass judgement on its extraordinariness, but this title survives just as its title suggests, as a wonderful illustrated record of life in London from 1843.

Illustrated London Life | 11 March 1843

Aiming to ‘amuse the public without going far from town,’ Illustrated London Life treated its viewers to scenes from fashionable London site the Burlington Arcade, as well as from the less salubrious Billingsgate Market. It stands as a wonderful social record, and as a bonus, you can even make music from its pages, the publication often containing illustrated sheet music.

Political and Philosophical

Whilst we got political with Berthold’s Political Handkerchief, there are other political titles included in this year’s free to view release, which trace the turbulent political scene of the early nineteenth century.

Porcupine | 23 December 1800

Highlighting the decided prickliness of British politics was the wonderfully named Porcupine, a daily newspaper which first appeared on 30 October 1800. This was one of divisive politician and editor William Cobbett’s many newspaper titles, and the name of the newspaper was actually derived from a moniker given to Cobbett when he travelled to the United States in the 1790s. There, he advocated for British interests, and when he returned to Britain, he was hailed as a hero.

Cobbett’s Porcupine was firmly anti-revolution, and almost over the top in its dislike of France, the two nations being at war at the time. Indeed, Cobbett assured his readers that ‘the intrigues of the French, the servile, the insidious, the insinuating French, shall be the object of my constant attention.’ But Porcupine was not destined for a long life; Cobbett sold his share in the newspaper in 1801, and as the years went on, Cobbett himself became more and more of a radical, agitating for the reform against which he had been so opposed.

Anti-Gallican Monitor | 13 December 1812

William Cobbett was not alone in the early nineteenth century in his rallying against the French nation. Enter the Anti-Gallican Monitor, which was founded by Lewis Goldsmith, who despite being himself Anglo-French, of Portuguese-Jewish origins, was thoroughly anti-revolution. The Anti-Gallican Monitor went so far as to call for the assassination of Napoleon Bonaparte for the good of Europe; something the British government had to condemn.

British Luminary | 25 January 1818

Shining a light, meanwhile, on the murky world of politics was the British Luminary, a weekly newspaper that ran from 1818 to 1823. With reforming zeal at the heart of its pages, it wondered whether it would be ‘a curious document for future reference,’ little imagining, we suppose, the day of its arrival on the British Newspaper Archive, and how it would form part of its free to view collection.

Joining the British Luminary on its quest for reform is The Patriot, which first appeared on 3 April 1792. Published in London, but anonymously edited by Sheffield-based Matthew Campbell BrowneThe Patriot pushed for the reform of parliament and equal representation of the people. Matthew Campbell Browne himself was a strong advocate of parliamentary reform; detailing and debating throughout the pages of his newspaper the nature of government and the duties of civil liberty.

London Phalanx | 9 April 1842

Offering an alternative philosophical and political viewpoint was the London Phalanx, which was dedicated to promoting the theories of Charles Fourier (1772-1837), who was an early exponent of socialist thinkingLondon Phalanx was first published on 3 April 1843, inspired by the thinking of Fourier, who is widely considered to be one of the founders of utopian socialism, and is also credited with originating the word ‘feminism.’ This publication, now accessible as part of our free to view collection, aimed to ‘draw the attention of the British Public to those Principles of general Policy and Social Progress which have been brought to light by the genius of the late Charles Fourier.’

And Much, Much More

And if you’re thinking that it’s from our new free to view pages, you’d be wrong. There is so much more to discover, which you can do by registering with us today, and searching our free to view pages.

From our wonderful Welsh language titles Y Tyst and Y Llan, to the historic regional titles of the Bristol Mercury, the Lancaster Gazette and the Exeter Flying Post, from early railway title the Railway Bell and London Advertiser, to scurrilous gossip engine The Age, there is so much for you to discover within our free to view pages.

And why not let us know about your discoveries? You can tweet us at @BNArchive, or connect with us on Instagram (thebritishnewspaperarchive). We’re on Facebook too.

Meanwhile, here’s a full list of all the titles and year ranges that form part of the 2022 free to view release. Enjoy!

New Free To View Pages – Added September 2022
Working title
Years Covered
Aberdeen Herald 1844-1862, 1876
Age (London) 1825-1845
Age 1852 1852-1853
Agricultural Advertiser and Tenant-Farmers’ Advocate 1846-1846
Albion 1852-1853
Albion and the Star 1830-1835
Alloa Circular 1875-1880
Anti-Gallican Monitor 1811-1825
Aurora Borealis 1821-1821
Ayrshire Express 1863-1863
Ballot 1831-1832
Baner ac Amserau Cymru 1857-1870, 1872-1896, 1899, 1900
Bell’s Family Newspaper 1858-1858
Bell’s News 1855-1857
Bell’s Penny Dispatch 1842-1842
Berthold’s Political Handkerchief 1831-1831
Blackburn Standard 1835-1840, 1845-1869, 1872, 1873, 1875-1882, 1884, 1886-1900
Border Advertiser 1868-1880
Borough of Greenwich Free Press 1855-1865
Brecon Reporter and South Wales General Advertiser 1863-1867
Bridge of Allan Reporter 1875-1879
Brief 1877-1882
Brighouse & Rastrick Gazette 1894-1899
Bristol Mercury 1716 ,1790, 1819-1896, 1898-1900
British Army Despatch 1848-1856
British Banner 1848 1848-1856
British Banner 1856 1856-1858
British Ensign 1859-1864
British Luminary 1820-1821
British Mercury or Wednesday Evening Post 1806-1825
British Neptune 1803-1823
British Standard 1857-1866
British Statesman 1842-1843
Bury and Norwich Post 1786-1794, 1801-1871, 1873-1895, 1898-1900
Cardiff Shipping and Mercantile Gazette 1875-1878
Cardigan & Tivy-side Advertiser 1870-1871, 1877, 1879
Cavan Observer 1857-1864
Censor or Satirical Times 1846-1846
Champion (London) 1813-1822
Charles Knight’s Town & Country Newspaper 1855-1856
Chelsea & Pimlico Advertiser 1860-1866
Chepstow & County Mercury 1874-1874
Christian Times 1863-1871
City Chronicle 1840-1845
City of London Trade Protection Circular 1848-1849
Clerkenwell Dial and Finsbury Advertiser 1862-1865
Cobbett’s Evening Post 1820-1820
Colonist and Commercial Weekly Advertiser 1824-1825
Commercial Chronicle (London) 1804, 1815-1823
Common Sense 1824-1826
Commonwealth (Glasgow) 1853-1860, 1880
Constitution 1831-1832
Constitution (London) 1818-1823
Cork Advertising Gazette 1855-1859
Court Gazette and Fashionable Guide 1838-1841
Crieff Journal 1875-1880
Crown 1838-1839
Current Prices of Grain at Dublin Corn Exchange 1860-1861
Daily Director and Entr’acte 1859-1860
Daily Politician 1836-1836
Dissenter 1812-1812
Douglas Jerrold’s Weekly Newspaper 1846-1851
Drogheda News Letter 1813-1813
Dublin Shipping and Mercantile Gazette 1871-1871
Dublin Weekly Herald 1838-1842
Duckett’s Dispatch 1818-1818
Dunfermline Journal 1852, 1880
East London Advertiser 1862-1866
East Riding Telegraph 1895-1896
Edinburgh Courant 1750-1750
Edinburgh Evening Post and Scottish Standard 1846, 1849
Edinburgh Gazette 1699-1699
Emigrant and the Colonial Advocate 1848-1848
English Chronicle and Whitehall Evening Post 1801-1802 ,1804, 1807, 1809-1843
Englishman 1803-1813, 1816-1834
Essex Standard 1831-1844 ,1846-1897, 1899, 1900
Evening Star (London) 1842-1843
Exeter Flying Post 1800-1866, 1869-1885, 1889-1900
Fleming’s British Farmers’ Chronicle 1823-1829
Fleming’s Weekly Express 1823-1826
Fonetic Nuz 1849-1849
Francis’s Metropolitan News 1859-1859
Friend of India and Statesman 1852-1883
Galloway Advertiser and Wigtownshire Free Press. 1852-1872
General Evening Post 1801-1813, 1818-1822
Glasgow Constitutional 1853, 1855
Glasgow Courant 1745,1746, 1758
Glasgow Evening Times 1879-1879
Glasgow Herald 1820-1822,1826,1827,1844-1900
Glasgow Saturday Post, and Paisley and Renfrewshire Reformer 1861, 1864
Glasgow Sentinel 1821-1823
Golden Times 1852-1852
Haddingtonshire Courier 1875-1877
Halifax Comet 1892-1893
Hammersmith Advertiser 1861-1866
Hetherington’s Twopenny Dispatch 1836-1836
High Life in London 1827-1828
Highland Sentinel 1861-1861
Hour 1873-1876
Huddersfield Chronicle 1850-1874,1876-1896,1898-1900
Illustrated Advertiser of the Royal Dublin Society 1850-1850
Illustrated London Life 1843-1843
Illustrated Weekly Times 1843-1843
Instructor and Select Weekly Advertiser 1809-1811, 1813-1815
Islington Times 1857-1865, 1871-1874
Johnson’s Sunday Monitor 1804-1821, 1824-1829
Journal of the Chemico-Agricultural Society of Ulster 1849-1854, 1856-1865, 1867
Kelso Mail 1869-1880
Kingsland Times and General Advertiser 1860-1863
Kinross-shire Advertiser 1850-1880
Kirkcaldy Times 1879-1880
Lancaster Gazette 1801-1836,1838,1841-1848,1850-1894
Leinster Independent 1871-1872
Liverpool Albion 1827-1880
Liverpool Chronicle 1767 1767-1768
Liverpool Telegraph 1836-1838
London Chronicle 1800-1822
London Chronicle and Country Record 1853-1854
London Daily Guide and Stranger’s Companion 1859-1860
London Evening Post 1805-1806
London Free Press 1827-1827
London Halfpenny Newspaper 1861-1861
London Journal and General Advertiser for Town and Country 1836-1837
London Journal and Pioneer Newspaper 1845-1846
London Mercury 1826-1826
London Mercury 1828 1828-1828
London Mercury 1836 1836-1836
London Mercury 1847 1847-1848
London Moderator and National Adviser 1813-1814, 1818-1823
London Packet and New Lloyd’s Evening Post 1801, 1803-1805, 1809, 1814-1815, 1818-1836
London Phalanx 1841-1843
London Railway Newspaper 1845-1845
London Telegraph 1824-1825
Manchester Times 1849-1900
Meath People 1857-1863
Metropolitan 1856-1857
Missionary Herald of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland 1855-1855
Monitor and Missionary Chronicle 1853-1855
Monthly Times 1842-1849
Morning Gazette 1837-1837
Munster Express 1869-1871
Nairnshire Mirror 1845 ,1846, 1848-1854
Nantwich, Sandbach & Crewe Star 1888-1892
National 1835-1835
National Protector 1847-1847
National Standard 1858-1860
New Court Gazette 1840-1846
New Globe 1823-1823
New Times (London) 1818-1830
Newcastle Courant 1710-1718, 1720-1801, 1803, 1805-1807, 1819-1822, 1824-1874, 1877-1879, 1881-1885, 1887-1893, 1895-1896, 1898-1900
Newport Gazette 1857-1869
Nonconformist Elector 1847-1847
North British Advertiser & Ladies’ Journal 1879-1880
North London Record 1858-1869
North Londoner 1869-1875
Northern Advertiser (Aberdeen) 1858-1880
North-West London Times 1861-1866
Observer of the Times 1821-1822
Old England 1832-1836, 1839-1842
Oracle and the Daily Advertiser 1801-1809
Paddington Advertiser 1861-1866
Palladium 1825 1825-1826
Palladium 1829 1829-1829
Patriot 1832-1866
Pen and Pencil 1855-1855
People’s Hue and Cry or Weekly Police Register 1834-1834
People’s Paper 1852-1858
Picture Times 1855-1856
Pilot (London) 1808-1813, 1815
Planet 1837-1844
Political Letter 1831-1831
Political Observer 1819-1820
Porcupine 1800-1801
Portobello Advertiser 1876-1877
Potteries Examiner 1880-1880
Preston Pilot 1842, 1877-1879
Principality (Cardiff) 1880-1880
Public Cause 1811-1812, 1814-1816
Radical 1831 1831-1831
Radical 1836 1836-1836
Railway Bell and London Advertiser 1844-1846
Reformer 1831-1831
Representative 1822 1822-1823
Representative 1826 1826-1826
Rhyl Journal 1877-1878
Royal York 1827-1827
Sainsbury’s Weekly Register and Advertising Journal 1859-1864
Satirist; or, the Censor of the Times 1831-1849
Scottish Banner 1859-1860
Scottish Press 1849-1862
Sheffield Public Advertiser 1760-1763,1768,1770,1772,1774,1776,1787,1790-1793
Silurian 1838-1855
Skibbereen & West Carbery Eagle; or, South Western Advertiser 1861-1870
Sligo Observer 1828-1831
South London Times and Lambeth Observer 1856-1865
Southwark Mercury 1879-1881
Standard of Freedom 1848-1851
Sun & Central Press 1871-1874
Sunday Evening Globe 1836-1837
Sunday Morning Herald 1824-1824
Sunday News 1823-1823
Surrey & Middlesex Standard 1835-1840
Tenby Observer 1869-1876
Thacker’s Overland News for India and the Colonies 1857-1864
The Day 1809-1816
The Irish Racing Book and Sheet Calendar 1823-1841, 1849-1869
Tower Hamlets Mail 1857-1858
Town & Country Daily Newspaper 1873-1873
Town Talk 1858-1859
Trade Protection Record 1849-1850
Trades’ Free Press 1825-1831
Tralee Chronicle 1843-1880
True Briton 1801-1804
True Sun 1832-1837
Union 1857-1862
United Irishman 1848-1848
Universe 1846-1848
Vindicator (London) 1859-1859
Warrington Examiner 1869-1878
Watchman 1827-1828
Waterford Chronicle 1827-1875
Waterford News 1848-1869
Weekly Gazette, Incumbered Estates Record & National Advertiser (Dublin, Ireland) 1854-1855
Weekly Globe 1824-1825
Weekly Intelligence 1818-1818
Weekly Mail (London) 1858-1860
Weekly Scotsman 1879-1880
Weekly Star and Bell’s News 1857-1857
Weekly Times (London) 1826-1829, 1830-1833
Weekly True Sun 1833-1843
Week’s News (London) 1871-1879
West End News 1859-1860
West London Times 1860-1867
West Londoner 1870-1872
Westminster Times 1863-1866
Whitehall Evening Post 1801-1801
Wooler’s British Gazette 1819-1823
Workman’s Advocate (Merthyr Tydfil) 1873-1875
World and Fashionable Sunday Chronicle 1818-1818
Wrexhamite and Denbighshire and Flintshire Reporter 1865-1865
Y Gwyliedydd 1877-1880
Y Llan 1870-1880
Y Tyst 1877-1880

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