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From Best Seller to Best Picture: Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’

To celebrate the release of Netflix’s new film Rebecca, starring Armie Hammer, Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas, in this special blog we will be looking at the publishing phenomenon that was, and still is, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. Published in August 1938, Rebecca was Daphne du Maurier’s fifth novel, the author having already had success with her 1936 work Jamaica Inn. The daughter of Sir Gerald du Maurier, a famous actor, and the granddaughter of George du Maurier, a cartoonist and novelist, Daphne du Maurier had

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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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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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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we have added nearly 180 years of historic headlines, with 167,302 brand new pages joining us, spanning the years 1820 all the way through to 1999. We have four very exciting new titles joining us this week too, with additions to our collection of international newspapers, as well as to our Irish and national holdings. Read on to discover more about our new titles, the updates we have made to our existing publications, as well as one of the

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Celebrating the History of Black British Musicians – Five Black British Musicians and Their Legacies

October is Black History Month, and to celebrate, here at The Archive we are uncovering the amazing stories of Black British figures from history. In this first of a series of special blogs, we begin by celebrating the work of five Black British musicians, and highlighting their amazing legacies, using newspapers taken from The Archive. Register now and explore The Archive So read on to discover more about child prodigy George Bridgetower who took the courts of Europe by storm

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we are celebrating reaching a landmark 39 million pages – all now available to search. Our presses have again been whirring to bring you an incredible 288,912 brand new pages added during this week alone – with over 120 years of headlines from national and regional titles, 4 brand new titles from England and Scotland, and extensive updates to our existing titles too. Read on to discover more about all of this week’s exciting updates, as well as the fascinating history

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A Guide to Historical Yorkshire Newspapers

If you’re interested in the history of Yorkshire, you’ve come to the right place. The Archive currently holds over 70 titles from ‘God’s Own County.’ From Barnsley to Batley, from Ilkley to Keighley, from Sheffield to Wakefield, The Archive has 76 historic Yorkshire newspapers all available to search, which works out at being over 300,000 pages in all. These newspapers range from those that cover the entire county (like the Yorkshire Evening Post), to those with a more regional focus (take for example,

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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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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week has been another busy one here at The Archive as we have added 95,892 brand new pages to our ever-expanding collection, covering Great Britain and Ireland, as well as over 120 years of historic headlines. Meanwhile, we’ve also added three brand new titles to our collection, as well as updating fifteen of our existing titles, including updates to some of our specialist publications. Read on to discover more about the exciting new pages joining us this week. Register now and explore the Archive Kicking

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