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Our Special International Titles

At the British Newspaper Archive, we have started to digitize international newspapers from the British Library.  These rich titles explore the story of the British Commonwealth, from the time when the sun didn’t set on the British Empire through to states gaining their independence.   At times, the subject of the newspapers brings us face to face with the stark and sometimes inhuman reality of colonialism and the legacy of the British Empire across the world. Below we will explore some

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Guest Post: Researching The 1902 Vernon Cotton Mills Fire by David Edwards Hulme

We are always delighted here at The Archive to hear how our users have used our collection for their own research. Here, retired broadcast journalist David Edwards Hulme describes how he used The Archive to research his book FIRE! the cotton mill disaster that echoed down the generations. I’m a retired broadcast journalist, and early on in my career I worked for several newspapers. Each one had its own newspaper cuttings section in the editorial library – actual paper cuttings that

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Guest Post: Researching Mr Percy – Portrait Modeller in Coloured Wax by Ruth Ord-Hume

Our Archive is a rich resource for academics, historians and writers, researching a wide variety of topics. Biographer Ruth Ord-Hume has used The Archive in researching her new book Mr. Percy, Portrait modeller in coloured wax, published by ACC Art Books. Here, Ruth Ord-Hume describes how she used the newspapers from our collection to research her book, and to find out more about this extraordinary artist. When I set out to research the life and work of Samuel Percy I soon

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Guest Post: Using the British Newspaper Archive to Research the ‘Captain Swing’ Riots

We are always delighted here at the British Newspaper Archive to read all about your discoveries – whether relating to family history, sport, fashion – and to feature them here on our blog. Register now and explore The Archive This very special post comes from economic historians Joachim Voth and Bruno Caprettini, from the University of Zurich. In it, they describe how they used the British Newspaper Archive for their research into the relation between new agricultural technology and social

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‘The BNA Has Opened A Window Into A World I Was Sure Was Lost Forever’ – Customer Testimonial

Here at the British Newspaper Archive, we love to hear about the discoveries our users have made on our site. Last week, we had the pleasure to receive a letter from Councillor Dan Kelly, from County Tyrone, detailing his experiences using the Archive. The letter is reproduced in full below. I come from the small village of Glenmornan in rural County Tyrone. Recently, I was asked for help with some local research – not being an historian, I started in

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Guest Post – How pupils from the High School of Dundee connected with the First World War, by Niall Joss

We are delighted this week to feature a very special blog post from the High School of Dundee, written by Niall Joss, which explores how pupils connected with the First World War through the British Newspaper Archive and a war memorial. How did the British Newspaper Archive and a war memorial inspire primary school children to connect with the First World War? With the centenary of the end of First World War just passed, how can children born in the

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Guest Post: “Palace at the Palace – A History of the Crystal Palace & Its Football Club” by Peter Manning

We are delighted to feature a guest post this week by Peter Manning, who used The Archive to research his new book Palace at the Palace – A History of The Crystal Palace & Its Football Club 1851-1915. My project started out as research into the Crystal Palace football teams that played at the old Crystal Palace at Sydenham, but the history that was revealed by searching the BNA’s archives was so interesting and so compelling that I ended up writing

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Guest post: “The Atrocious Attempt at Murder at Ludlow” by Richard Tisdale

It’s 1841 and Josiah Mister is on trial in Shrewsbury for attempted murder – committed at the Angel Inn in Ludlow. The victim was William Mackreth, a trader from Bristol who was in the town for the summer fair. In the early hours of the morning, he was brutally attacked by someone who’d been hiding under his bed. He managed to fight him off and his assailant escaped; a trail of blood led to Josiah’s room and he was arrested. But did

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

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Paul Roberts’ book is now available to purchase! Order your copy of History Maker here. 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

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Guest post: Researching British army ancestors in The British Newspaper Archive

Researching British army 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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