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Women and the First World War

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During the First World War (1914-1918), the role of women in Britain was massively altered and the women’s sphere was enlarged in every direction. Some historians mark the First World War as a watershed moment in women’s history when women were looked at less as fragile creatures and more as robust figures.  A singular blog post is not enough to explore all the contributions of women during the Great War, but we have combed through The British Newspaper Archive and

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Food in Wartime

In war, food becomes a major concern.  Supplying the army and home-front with enough food is a huge logistical undertaking.  With a large army abroad in hostile territory, and the home-front far from self-sufficient, ensuring that they are kept fed and healthy becomes a primary concern for government and a national obsession.  As part of our focus on all things Military & Wartime during November, we have searched the newspapers to discover more about the history of food in wartime. An

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Hot off the press – new titles added this week

We’ve been kept very busy at The Archive in recent weeks setting up our project with Trinity Mirror to publish their archive.  We’ve also been delving into the holdings of the British Library and added 108,830 pages to the collection.  We are introducing six brand new titles to The Archive, and have added more years to a Trinity Mirror title, the Coventry Evening Telegraph, or the Midland Daily Telegraph as it was known between 1891 and 1941. Our new titles

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Publishing the Trinity Mirror Archive

This week we are pleased to announce a major development in our ongoing partnership with Trinity Mirror.  Over the next two years, we will publish upwards of 12 million pages from the Trinity Mirror archive. We have already started work on this exciting project and you can now read the Birmingham Daily Gazette to 1956, The Birmingham Post to 1972, and the Daily Herald to 1961. Digitisation is well underway at our studio in Boston Spa, with up to 100,000

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Knitting and fashion in the Second World War

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In discussing the fashions during the Second World War, we turn to the pages of Britannia and Eve.  Along with providing general news, this paper has dedicated sections on such topics as fashion, home, and knitting. Wonderful illustrations and photographs are included amongst its pages. Explore all our fashion findings here! Knitting Knitting advice and patterns are no strangers to the pages of our newspapers. It could be said that the value of such readily available information was made all the

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Economy and utility in wartime fashion

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War impacts every part of life, some more obvious than others. In this post, we will explore the impact of war on fashion; particularly, we will look at how the topics of economy and quality shaped war-time fashion. The article excerpts included in this post are from two recurring columns: ‘The Highway of Fashion‘, printed in The Tatler, and ‘Fashions by Jean Burnup‘, printed in Britannia and Eve. Explore knitting and fashion in the Second World War Economy With the ever-present threat

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Fashion and the Great War

War and wardrobe

When you first think of the Great War, I’d wager that fashion is not the first thing to come to mind. However, it was, in fact, on the mind of many who lived through those years of war. There are several series dedicated to the topic of fashion that ran throughout the war years and that you can find in The British Newspaper Archive: (1) ‘Woman’s Sphere in War Time’, printed in The Sphere; (2) ‘Woman’s Ways’, printed in The

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Woman’s Sphere in War Time gallery

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Guest post: A remarkable Great War story revealed – with the help of The British Newspaper Archive by Paul Roberts

Albert Roberts

How The British Newspaper Archive played a key role in the completion of a new book about my great-great-grandfather who had 30 grandsons serving King and Country I found the picture by pure chance – on a village history website. It was of John Roberts, a man with a bushy beard and sideburns and wearing a bowler hat and a big smile. A caption below it was extraordinary. It said he had 30 grandsons serving in the Great War. I

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Guest post: Researching military ancestors in The British Newspaper Archive

Researching military ancestors in The British Newspaper Archive As part of our military themed month, we are delighted to bring you a guest blog post by military researcher Paul Nixon.  Paul is the author of the blogs Army Ancestry Research and Army Service Numbers 1881-1918.  He has also recently launched a new endeavour, British Army Ancestors, a database of over 11 million men who served their monarch and country between 1850 and 1920 and a resource which enables visitors to

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