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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

Over the past seven days here at The Archive we have been busy adding 131,994 brand new pages to our collection, as we continue to augment our newspaper holdings from across Britain, Ireland, and beyond. This week we’re delighted to welcome one brand new title from London, the Lewisham Borough News, as well as updates to twelve of our existing titles. So read on to discover more about all of our new and updated titles of the week, and as the United Kingdom basks in unusually hot

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we have reached another fantastic milestone – we now have over 54 million newspaper pages available to search. Meanwhile, we have added 111,378 brand new pages over the past seven days, with the addition of five brand new titles, three of which cover the town of Bromley. Furthermore, we’ve added two more intriguing titles, one of which was tied to the Spiritualist movement in the Victorian era, whilst the other is a wonderfully illustrated title that was founded in the 1890s. In

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Exploring Evolving Attitudes To Oscar Wilde In The Years After His Death

On 1 December 1900 the Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette reported on ‘The Death of Mr Oscar Wilde:’ The Paris correspondent of the Dublin Evening Mail telegraphs that Mr Oscar Wilde died yesterday at three o’clock in the Latin Quartier. He had been suffering for some time. Two days ago he became unconscious. Six weeks ago he underwent an operation, which appeared to have been successful, but a complication which followed proved fatal. The death of the poet, playwright and novelist

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we have added an amazing 293,242 brand new pages, with 29 brand new titles joining us from Scotland, Wales and eighteen English counties. Meanwhile, we have also been busy attending to our existing titles, with 60 of these updated in all over the past seven days. With all these brand new pages added to The Archive, we now have over 48 million pages available to search, with the milestone of 50 million pages on the horizon. So read on to discover more about all

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

As we move now into February we have been extremely busy here at The Archive, adding 139,438 brand new pages to our collection, with the addition of two brand new titles over the past seven days. Meanwhile, we have made significant updates to a range of our existing titles, with 26 titles updated in all. So read on to discover more about our two new titles of the week, one of which represented the interests of the various Nonconformist Protestant groups of the nineteenth

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

As we count down to Christmas here at The Archive, we are delighted to welcome 140,318 brand new pages to our collection, with the addition of three brand new titles over the last seven days. We have two very special railway titles joining us this week, shining a light on the early days of the railway in the United Kingdom and Ireland and its expansion, as well as a new title which joins us from Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, we have updates to our existing titles from across England, Wales,

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‘The Girls Behind the Counter’ – The Daily Life of a Victorian Shop Girl

In November 1846, the ‘Friends of a respectable young Woman’ placed this advertisement in the ‘Wants‘ column of Saunders’s News-Letter: The Friends of a respectable young Woman wish to procure for her a Situation either as Attendant on a Lady or in a Nursery, or as a Shop Girl; she is adequate to any of the above capacities, and is willing to make herself generally useful, being of an humble, quiet and obliging disposition; she is a good needleworker, and can teach

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Hot Off The Press – New Titles This Week

This week at The Archive we have been busy adding another 174,440 brand new pages for you to explore, with the addition of eleven historic new titles to our collection. Meanwhile, we have updated 30 of our existing titles, adding thousands of pages from Liverpool to Lincolnshire, as well as updating pages to some of our sporting and industrial titles. So read on to discover more about all of our new and updated titles of the week, and also to find out more about the beerhouse,

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‘A Heavy Premium on Childhood’ – Exploring Attitudes Towards Factory Half-Timers

In October 1823, the Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser asserted: The charge and duty of Government are not merely to increase the numbers of men, but to promote and increase their happiness. Industry is the most powerful engine of this happiness, because it is the spring of all their riches. Government, then, should encourage labour, and by due reward, endeavour to avail of, and augment its useful products… The article, entitled ‘Political Economy,’ goes on to recommend how ‘the power of labour

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‘For the Amusement and Instruction of the Young’ – The Birth of the Children’s Corner in Victorian Newspapers

With an increase in literacy rates and a growing emphasis on the importance of family, by the mid Victorian era the concept of the children’s corner in newspapers was born. Leeds Mercury | 18 June 1898 Often placed amongst the densely packed columns of the daily or weekly local and national newspapers, the children’s corner represented a new development for Victorian editors of the day, and a new market to which they could appeal. And in this special blog, as we

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