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Take a look inside the ILN offices

The Illustrated London News, the world’s first illustrated newspaper, debuted in 1842.  Over the decades, the publishers expanded into the ‘great 8’ titles: Sketch, Sphere, Tatler, Graphic, Bystander, Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, and Britannia and Eve.  In 1928, the Illustrated London News published an illustration of the interior of their own offices at Inveresk House, ‘a hive of journalistic industry’. Discover more about the history of the Illustrated London News In the image, you can see the offices of the individual

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Headlines from History – October crimes and punishment

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Throughout the month of October, The British Newspaper Archive will take a closer look at stories of crime, courts, and punishment in the papers.  We have pulled together some headlines from the month of October including a riot, a case of arsenic poisoning, a couple of London’s notorious criminals, and a political crime. Register now! 4 October 1936 The Battle of Cable Street took place in London’s East End on the day of a scheduled march by Oswald Mosley’s right wing

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The Atlas – The Largest Sheet Ever Issued

This week The British Newspaper Archive is thrilled to announce the release of a brand new title, The Atlas or, in its full form, The Atlas and General Newspaper and Journal of Literature.  The size of the paper caused a sensation when it first came out.  The London based newspapers was printed on 40cm sheets, double the size of average papers, making it the largest newspaper.  Its size was reflected in the price of 10d, which would be close to £5 today.  The price was

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Cookery Corner – Local English Fare

During the month of September, The British Newspaper Archive is delving into stories of local history.  We have had the pleasure of a guest blog by local Exeter historian David Cronforth and another blog demonstrating how to use The Archive for local history, as well as a webinar about using newspapers for local history research.  To continue our theme, we are looking at local English culinary treats including the Yorkshire pudding, Staffordshire oatcake, Cornish pasty, eel pies of London’s East End and

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Hot off the press – titles added this week

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In the last week we have added new content to six existing titles on The British Newspaper Archive. These additions totaled 92,542 pages! Register now and view 3 pages for FREE New content added The six titles that have been updated can be seen in the chart below. You can click on the titles, which will take you to the title’s landing page. Title Years added Aberdeen Evening Express 1958-1965 Aberdeen Press and Journal 1963-1965 Athletic News 1878, 1900 Daily Telegraph

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An Essential Guide to Historical London Newspapers

London is steeped in rich history. Every borough, street and building in the UK’s capital city has a past and the British Newspaper Archive is one of the best resources available for unlocking the stories behind them. No matter what part of London you’re interested in researching, you’ll find newspapers covering every locality, with contemporary reports from some of the most pivotal eras in British history. Register now and view London newspapers for FREE One of the quickest ways to focus only on our

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Hot off the press – papers added this week

The Archive continues to grow at an amazing pace.  We’ve added 145,914 pages to twenty-two newspapers since our last update.  The archive now holds 698 newspapers for the UK and Ireland.  Our additions this week include nine brand new titles and additions to thirteen existing titles. Our brand new titles this week include four titles for Scottish counties: Aberdeenshire, Lanarkshire, Angus (Forfanshire) and Wigtownshire. There are four new papers for England, two of which are from London (Fulham & Hampstead),

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Hot off the Press: Papers added this week

We added 99,354 pages to the archive this week.  We have four brand new titles and additions to eleven existing titles for your reading pleasure!  The four brand new titles joining the Archive this month are the Nortwich Guardian from Cheshire, The Nelson Leader from Lancashire, the Hexham Courant from Northumberland and The Ilford Recorder from London. Register now and view 3 pages for FREE   Title Years Hexham Courant 1877 Ilford Recorder 1902, 1904 Nelson Leader 1929, 1931-1937 Northwich

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St Patrick’s Day through the years

In honour of St Patrick’s Day, we’ve dug into The British Newspaper Archive to find out how the day has been celebrated in different parts of the world over the last century. Interested in finding more examples of St Patrick’s Day celebrations? Register today and explore all of The British Newspaper Archive! Register for free today!  

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Defying Superstitions – London’s Thirteen Club

We have all fallen victim to superstitions.  I avoid walking under ladders, never open an umbrella indoors, and dread spilling salt at the table.  Even Napoleon was influenced by superstitions.  Once when he was separated from his beloved Josephine, a picture of her fell over, and with haste, Napoleon sent a message to Josephine to make sure she was well.  A look through The British Newspaper Archive proves that people of all walks of life have been touched by fear

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