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Using newspapers to research WW1 shell shock

Suzie Grogan used The British Newspaper Archive extensively while researching her book, Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health. She got in touch to show us the heart-breaking story she found about her own ancestors and some of the terrible accounts about life during World War One.   **************   My book is the product of two years of intensive research into the trauma of the Great War and its aftermath. But it was a chance

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400,000 extra newspaper pages now online

Thousands of pages from historical British and Irish newspapers were added in February, including 11 great new titles. We hope you enjoy exploring the new additions.   Search the newspapers –>     More newspaper titles available to search You’ll now find editions of the Hawick News and Border Chronicle, Holborn Journal and Wellington Journal online, along with eight other new titles. A full list of recent additions is provided below, with the new titles highlighted in bold. We’ve added

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19th-century medical fraudsters who got caught out

Caroline Rance, author of The Quack Doctor and What the Apothecary Ordered, got in touch to show us some of the shocking medical tales she’s unearthed. We’d love to hear about your own discoveries – email press@britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk to tell us about them.   ************** Whatever you search for in The British Newspaper Archive, chances are the articles you find will be close to adverts promoting cures for every kind of disease. Some brands were sold in good faith and became

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400,000 newspaper pages added, including the Sunday Mirror

There are lots of new stories to explore at The British Newspaper Archive this month. More than 400,000 newspaper pages from 1745-1954 were added in January, helping us reach our 10 million page milestone.   Search the newspapers –>   39 new titles, including the Sunday Mirror from WW1 The additions include copies of the Sunday Mirror from 1914-1918, then known as the Sunday Pictorial. The national newspaper printed fascinating weekly news, photographs and illustrations from World War One. The

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6 terrible love tips from history’s lonely hearts

Lonely hearts columns aren’t a modern phenomenon. Search our historical newspapers and you’ll find numerous examples of ‘matrimonial advertisements’ from the 1800s and 1900s. The notices can often make for amusing reading. We’ve collected together a few of our favourites to provide you with some tips for finding love. You may or may not want to take the advice…   1) Be overly specific and insulting An American woman advertised for a husband in 1920, advising that he ‘can have

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10 million newspaper pages are now fully searchable

Just a month after hitting the 9.5 million page milestone, we’re very pleased to announce that there are now 10 million historic newspaper pages available at The British Newspaper Archive. The website launched with 4 million pages in November 2011, which means there’s now 150% more to explore. If you’ve not searched the collection for a while, it’s definitely time to try again.   Search the newspapers –>   More to search and a great-value subscription It’s not just our

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How to search The British Newspaper Archive for a person’s name

Newspaper articles can provide incredible detail about peoples’ lives, whether you’re looking for your ancestors or researching a particular character from history. Watch this short video tutorial or follow the steps below to see how you can search the newspapers for a person’s name:   Search for a person’s name –>   Searching newspaper articles for an ancestor or person from history   Enter the name of the person you’re looking for in the search bar at the top of the homepage. Put a

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Local newspapers, football match reports and the 1908 FA Charity Shield

Last year, we donated 100 subscriptions to Wikipedia’s volunteer editors to help expand public information about historical topics. Brian Chapman has worked with Wikipedia for over five years and made around 42,000 edits to the online encyclopedia. He got in touch to tell us about one of the pages he’s improved with the help of our newspapers.   **************   When I heard about the collaboration between The British Newspaper Archive and Wikipedia, I jumped at the chance to take

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9.5 million newspaper pages now fully searchable

There are now 9.5 million historical newspaper pages available to explore at The British Newspaper Archive, with more than 200,000 having been added in December. There’s still plenty more to be scanned and we’ve already started chasing the next milestone – 10 million pages!   Search the newspapers   18 new titles, including Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle was one of Britain’s leading sports newspapers in the nineteenth century. You’ll now

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The story of the 1914 Christmas Truce, as reported by WW1 newspapers

After watching Sainsbury’s Christmas advert, Kate Cole was inspired to research the real story behind WW1’s Christmas Truce. She used The British Newspaper Archive to unearth the experiences of soldiers on the Western Front in 1914.   **************   In December 1914, during first year of World War One, a remarkable event known as the Christmas Day Truce occurred in small pockets along the Western Front. 100 years later, one of Britain’s largest grocery shops has released a Christmas advert re-enacting

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