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The Opening of the UK’s First Tram Service – Birkenhead, 30 September 1860

On 30 September 1860, the first tram service in the UK started operating at Birkenhead on Merseyside. The tram service was the idea of the (aptly named) George Francis Train, an American entrepreneur who was a pioneer of innovative transport systems. To mark that historic day, here is a newspaper story from October 1860 that reports on the opening of the Birkenhead tram service.  

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‘Aged Beauties’: an appreciation of the beauty of older women, as reported in 1874

Here’a a very interesting and aesthetic newspaper article from 1874, which celebrates famous women aged over 30. Truly, even during the Victorian era, there was still life even after one had crossed the ‘turned 30’ and ‘the big 40’ demographic rubicons! Tamworth Herald – Saturday 19 December 1874 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000484/18741219/033/0003 The Graphic – Saturday 20 January 1877 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000057/18770120/012/0012

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The Death of Louis Pasteur – 28 September 1895

Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and microbiologist who gave his name to the pasteurisation process, died at Marnes-la-Coquette on 28 September 1895 – he was 72. Here is a newspaper obituary – published two days after his death – that pays tribute to his brilliant achievements. Edinburgh Evening News – Monday 30 September 1895 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000452/18950930/071/0004 Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Monday 30 September 1895 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

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The Opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway – 27 September 1825

On 27 September 1825, George Stephenson opened the Stockton and Darlington Railway by driving the engine, ‘Locomotion’, between the two towns, and delivering a cargo of coal and flour. The train also carried 1,000 passengers, who, according to this newspaper report from 7 October 1825, ‘were highly delighted’ by the novel exhibition. Cambridge Chronicle and Journal – Friday 07 October 1825 Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000420/18251007/017/0004

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Women munition workers in WW1 – an advert for overalls and the opening of a hostel in Newcastle

We’re fascinated by all the newspaper reports about women munition workers during the First World War. In addition to the news and personal stories, there are some terrific adverts for hiring workers (we always like to know how much money our ancestors were earning) and the clothes that they needed for their work, etc. Included below is an advert for the overalls that munition workers required, and also a story about the opening of a hostel in Newcastle in 1916

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More content, more quickly. An update on progress. PLUS! – some exciting news about 20th century content!

More content, more quickly. An update on progress. We now have almost 7 million pages and with our new processing system we are going to be able to add around another 4 million pages in the next 12 months. Compare that with the (although rather impressive if we do say so ourselves), 3 million pages processed in the past 20 months since launch! However, in order to support this great improvement in production throughput, we have been very busy modifying

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More content, more quickly! The BNA tech upgrade – an update

More content, more quickly! The BNA tech upgrade – an update We hope that you have all been enjoying the lovely Summer weather lately? You may have noticed that there has been a slow-down in the number of pages added to the site recently. There is a fantastic reason for this . . . [drumroll please] . . . We are delighted to announce that we have been busy working on upgrading our newspaper ingest and post-processing system. Once we’re

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Pages – An update

We are excited to be hurtling towards the 7 million page mark! However, you may have noticed that our page counter and ‘Recently Added Issues’ has slowed down over the past few days . . . We are currently working on upgrading our newspaper ingest system which means that there will be a slow-down in terms of the number of pages that we add to the site over the next week. We apologise for this but are looking forward to

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