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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week we have added over 120 years of history to The Archive!  With an increase of more than 109,000 pages, we have added 7 brand new titles and updated 15 existing titles. Our new pages span from 1860 to 1988 with a strong focus on the year 1880.  Read on a discover more about the headlines from the 1880s. Register now and explore the Archive One of the largest releases this week is more than 47,000 pages of our brand

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A Gift of Warfare – The History of Plastic Surgery

‘Plastic surgery, born in one war and perfected in another,’ had been practiced before the First World War, but it took this global conflict, and a second one, to develop plastic surgery as we know it today. The Sphere | 20 May 1933 In this special blog, using newspapers taken from The Archive, we will trace the development of plastic surgery, from the work of Harold Gillies in the First World War, to its move into the cosmetic mainstream in the

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The 1920s Sea Shanty Trend

‘Sea shanties are having a great vogue right now,’ reports the Leeds Mercury in January 1927. The writer may well have been describing the sea shanty trend of the present day, as the haunting harmonies of traditional sea shanties once again have captured the popular imagination. And one hundred years ago, during the 1920s, sea shanties were also incredibly popular. You could listen to them on the radio, or on your gramophone, and they were even performed by MPs. Sailors turn the capstan

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we have been busy adding 144,382 brand new pages to our collection, including four brand new titles from England and Wales. We also have extensive updates to a very special best-selling weekly title, whilst our new pages this week span 160 years of headlines, running from 1801 to 1961. So read on to discover which new titles are joining us this week, and to discover which record-breaking weekly we have added to, as well as finding out about a

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Newspapers from the Pandemic – Reporting on the Spanish Flu

What began as rumours from Spain was soon to become a nightmarish reality, as the Spanish flu pandemic began to take hold in the United Kingdom, where it would go on to kill approximately 250,000 people, and 50,000,000 globally. Staff from the Michie Hospital | Graphic | 26 July 1919 In this special blog, as part of medicine month on The Archive, we will take a look at how newspapers from the time reported on the deadly disease, from those first rumours,

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week has been another busy one here at The Archive as we have had added 126,448 brand new pages to our collection. We are delighted to welcome three brand new titles this week, which span between them 130 years of headlines, and cover the counties of Nottingham, Derbyshire and Worcestershire, as well as the City of Westminster. In addition to this, we have added new pages to sixteen of our existing titles, which cover the United Kingdom, as well as India. So read on to

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Uncovering Dubious Medical Remedies on Our Archive

We’ve scoured The Archive to bring you some of the most dubious medical remedies from our newspapers. From magic cure-all pills to blood-letting, from cigarettes to liquorice, we take a look at some of the most bizarre cures from the last two centuries, using pages taken from the British Newspaper Archive. The Graphic | 8 April 1922 It might go without saying, but we thought we better say it anyway – please do not try any of these cures at home!

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

We’re welcoming the New Year at the British Newspaper Archive with a swathe of brand new titles, eight in all, as the presses have continued to whirr over the Christmas period. Over the past fortnight we have added 180,462 brand new pages, with new titles spanning England, Scotland, Wales and beyond. So read on to find out about the 115 years’ worth of headlines we have added, as well as to discover which new titles have joined our Archive, and how

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

It may be Christmas week but our presses have not stopped, bringing you a special Christmas cornucopia of new and updated titles, the perfect festive present from the Archive. With 126,524 brand new pages added, including four brand new titles and updates to twenty five of our existing titles, get ready to discover this week’s fare on the Archive, which spans three centuries’ worth of headlines. Read on to also discover more about how an Edwardian Christmas was celebrated at Sandringham and at London’s most fashionable hotels.

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Discovering Ancient Christmas Customs on The Archive

Our familiar Christmas customs – decorating our houses with holly and ivy, enjoying chocolate yule logs and giving presents – have, for the most part, their origins in ancient pagan practices. In this special blog, using articles taken from the rich pages of the British Newspaper Archive, we take a look at how our Christmas traditions have evolved through time, with Druid, Roman and Norse influences. Want to learn more? Register now and explore The Archive From Saturnalia to The

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