Featured – The British Newspaper Archive Blog

Blog

Researching Military History in Newspapers

History was once dominated by ‘great men’ and ‘great battles’.  Today we can tell a far more nuanced story about the impact of warfare on nations and communities.  Newspapers can help to tell that story.  The papers in The Archive stretch back to the early 1700s and into the 2000s and can be used to research many famous, and forgotten, conflicts. Throughout November we will explore a variety of topics related to the history of conflict and the military services. The

Continue Reading

Tags

, ,

Hot off the press – new titles added this week

The British Newspaper Archive

This past week we added 121,544 pages to the Archive.  We have 4 brand new titles, and added new years to twenty-seven existing titles.  Our new titles are for Lincolnshire, Somerset and Herefordshire in England, and Rhyl in Wales. The Bridgwater Mercury, also known as The West Counties Herald was published in Somerset, England.  The Ross Gazette was published in Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire, and we have years ranging from the late 1860s to the early twentieth century.  County borders in

Continue Reading

Tags

Eliza Ross – the forgotten female burker

Elizabeth Ross, the convicted burkeite

The British Newspaper Archive is proud to feature a guest blog by author Naomi Clifford.  In 2016, Naomi Clifford wrote The Disappearance of Maria Glenn, a story of crime and coercion about the abduction of a sugar plantation heiress.  This year, Clifford is back with a new book, Women and the Gallows 1797-1837: Unfortunate Wretches. Her research into the 131 women hanged in England and Wales involved extensive research in the British Newspaper Archive.  Eliza Ross is just one name featured in the new book to be published

Continue Reading

Tags

, , , , , , ,

Fashion findings – autumn knitting

As autumn gets truly underway, the warm clothes come out and the knitting needles start clacking. Knitting has a long tradition. This versatile skill could be utilised at anytime — and often was. Printed in the Illustrated War News in 1914, a group of women were photographed knitting in a wine cellar during bombardments in Rheims. Womanly sympathy with the soldiers is taking the practical form on the Continent, and in our own country, of knitting “comforts” for them, but the

Continue Reading

Tags

, , , , , , ,