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Celebrating Britain’s Early Women Olympians

In 1900 women were allowed to compete in the modern summer Olympic Games for the very first time. The first woman to win an individual gold medal at the summer Olympic Games was British tennis player Charlotte Cooper Sterry, winner of five Wimbledon titles, on 11 July 1900 in Paris. Want to learn more? Register now and explore The Archive And so, in this special blog, we will take a look at the achievements of the likes of Charlotte Cooper

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Exploring the Real ‘Chariots of Fire’ – As Reported in Our Newspapers

Nearly one hundred years ago athletes Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell took the Olympic Games and the world by storm, their heroics on the track immortalised in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. But how were Abrahams’s and Liddell’s record-breaking feats reported on in the newspapers of the time? Were they celebrated in, say, the same way we celebrate our sporting heroes of today? In this special blog, we will explore the headlines behind the real Chariots of Fire, and in the

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‘A Pageant of Peace’ – Overcoming Adversity and Austerity at the 1948 London Olympic Games

With the scars of the Second World War still visible across Great Britain, in 1948 the eyes of the world turned to the country who were set to host the fourteenth Olympiad. Would Britain be able to manage, just three years after the end of the crippling conflict that still saw rationing in place, and bomb sites across its towns and cities? The 14th Olympiad opens at London | Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News | 11 August 1948 In this special blog,

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‘Pluck, Tenacity and Inspired Guidance’ – Exploring the Birth of the Paralympic Games

The first Paralympics took place in Rome in 1960. But this was not the beginning of competitive sport for people with disabilities; indeed, the origins of the Paralympics can partly be traced to the aftermath of the Second World War and the work undertaken at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Archers at Stoke Mandeville Hospital | The Sphere | 21 August 1948 And nor was it the culmination of such work; the Paralympics in Rome were only open to those with mobility or

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week has been a buzzing one at The Archive, as we have an incredible nine brand new titles available to search, with specialist trade union publication the Bee-Hive joining us, as well as new titles from across England, Scotland and Wales. We’ve added 108,440 new pages over the last seven days, whilst we have also been busy updating 35 of our existing titles. So read on to discover more about our new titles from Teignmouth to Kilmarnock, and also to find out about an unlikely sport that

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we have added a total of 75,958 brand new pages to our collection, and we are delighted to announce the addition of two brand new titles, covering the headlines between 1805 and 1961. So read on to discover more about our two new titles of the week, from an early Sunday newspaper to a Reading newspaper with a variety of political alliances. We will also be looking at the FA Cup Final 120 years ago, when Sheffield United

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we have been busy adding another 73,020 brand new pages to our collection. We’re delighted to welcome two brand new titles as well, which both hail from the county of Lancashire. So read on to discover the latest from Lancashire, what pages we have added to our existing titles, and how baseball fever swept Britain in the 1890s. Register now and explore the Archive First member of our Lancashire double act this week is the Haslingden Gazette. Established in 1863, this weekly

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we’re excited to welcome a very special new sporting title to our collection, as well as a long run of a new regional title. We’ve added 120,212 brand new pages in all over the past seven days – as the presses don’t stop whirring here at the BNA! Read on to discover more about this week’s brand new titles, as well as the additions we have made to our existing titles (including updates to one of our international titles).

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Six Pioneering Black British Sporting Heroes and Their Amazing Stories

As we continue to celebrate Black History Month at The Archive, in this special blog we will take a look at six pioneering Black British sporting heroes and their amazing stories. Using pages taken from the British Newspaper Archive, we will take the opportunity to tell the inspiring stories of these Black British sportsmen, whilst attempting to understand the prejudice they faced and overcame in pursuing their different sports. From left to right: J.E. London, Arthur Wharton, Len Johnson and

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

Our presses have been on overdrive as we bring to you over 200,000 brand new pages in this week’s update. To be precise, we have added 203,966 brand new pages, with five brand new titles joining us from England and Wales, as well as the addition of a very special new sporting title. We’ve also made updates to sixteen of our existing titles, spanning England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Read on to discover more about all of this week’s updates! Register now and explore the Archive Leading the

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