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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we are getting creative with the addition of brand new title Fashion and Craft (Creative Needlecraft), a publication devoted to all things dress and design. Meanwhile, our presses have been whirring over the past seven days to bring you another new title, the Halifax Daily Guardian, as we have added 243,130 brand new pages in all. We have also reached a landmark 74 million pages this week. Meanwhile from Deal to Dundee, from Mearns to

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The Legacy of Charles Frederick Worth – The First Couturier

Known as the ‘first couturier‘ and the ‘Napoleon of costumiers,’ British fashion designer Charles Frederick Worth is regarded by many as the father of haute couture. Born in Bourne, Lincolnshire, on 13 October 1825, Charles Frederick Worth would make his name in Paris as the founder of the House of Worth, and the man who revolutionised the business of fashion. In this special blog, we will explore the life and legacy of Charles Frederick Worth via newspapers published in his

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive our presses having been working non-stop to bring you 201,657 brand new pages, as well as one brand new title, the Ripon Gazette. Meanwhile, from Ballymena to Blackpool, from Morpeth to Motherwell, from Shetland to Suffolk, we’ve updated 25 of our existing titles from across the United Kingdom. So read on to discover more about our new addition of the week, the Ripon Gazette, and also to learn which of our existing titles we have

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week we are visiting the seaside town of Morecambe with the addition of brand new title the Morecambe Visitor. Meanwhile, in all, we’ve added 102,467 brand new pages over the last seven days, with updates to 24 of our existing newspaper titles from Banbury to Batley, from Chorley to Crawley, from Market Harborough to Motherwell. So read on to discover more about this week’s new title the Morecambe Visitor, and also to learn more about one of the town

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The Porthole Mystery – The Murder of Gay Gibson (Part Two)

In October 1947, actress Eileen Isabella Ronnie Gibson, also known as Gay Gibson, disappeared from the ship upon which she was travelling home from South Africa. Her disappearance, which later led to a murder trial, hit headlines across the globe, as the sensational case mirrored plots akin to those to be found in books authored by Agatha Christie. In the first part of this special blog series, which you can read here, we took a look at who Gay Gibson

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive has been another incredibly busy one as we have added 106,443 brand new pages to our collection, with one brand new newspaper from Lancashire, the Fleetwood Weekly News, joining us. Meanwhile, from Londonderry to Lanarkshire, from Maidstone to the Mearns, from West Sussex to Worcestershire, we’ve updated twelve of our existing titles from across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. So read on to discover more about our new title of the week, which serves the

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The Porthole Mystery – The Murder of Gay Gibson (Part One)

The murder of 21-year-old actress Eileen Isabella Ronnie Gibson, who went by the name stage name of Gay Gibson, whilst she was travelling home from South Africa aboard the Durban Castle, in October 1947, made headlines across Britain and the world. Also known as the ‘Porthole Murder,’ thanks to the method in which Gay’s body was disposed, the case gained notoriety due to its parallels with film noir and popular fiction penned by Agatha Christie. In part one of a

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we are marking Burns Night with the addition of a very special brand new Scottish title the Mearns Leader. Meanwhile, from Ballymena to Biggleswade, from Londonderry to Littlehampton, from Maidstone to Market Harborough, we’ve updated ten of our existing titles from England and Northern Ireland. Furthermore, over the last seven days, we have added over 95,435 brand new pages to our collection of historic newspapers. So read on to discover more about legendary Scottish poet

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we have added an impressive 70,552 brand new pages, as we mark the launch of International Women’s Year in January 1975 by the United Nations, which would form the basis of International Women’s Day. Meanwhile, we’ve added one brand new title from Scotland, the Cumbernauld News, whilst we also see updates to six of our existing titles from across the United Kingdom. So read on to discover more about our brand new title of the

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Exploring the Jitterbug – The Dance That Divided Britain in the 1940s

In the 1940s the jitterbug, a type of swing dancing that was pioneered by African American communities in New York during the early twentieth century, took the United Kingdom by storm. The energetic dance, which featured elements of the jive, the charleston, and other swing dances, divided Britain, with it being embraced by those who flocked to dancehalls up and down the country, whilst others viewed it as a morally dangerous American import. In this special blog, using newspapers from

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