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A gift for history lovers:  A subscription to the British Newspaper Archive!

The British Newspaper Archive  is an incredible resource for anyone who wants to immerse themselves and get lost in historic newspapers. It is amazing what they can tell you about the past and the way people used to live.

So what’s it all about?

Well, it’s a partnership between the British Library and Findmypast.  The British Library’s collection is huge – it’s got newspapers from 1603 to the present day, as well as 300,000 reels of microfilm, and currently it’s got over 74 million pages for subscribers to lose themselves in online, all from the comfort and convenience of home.  That’s quite some online resource!

Not only that, the Archive is growing week by week, with over 247,740 new pages added in the week of 26th February 2024 – so there’s even more to explore online!  Whatever you’re interested in, there will be something for you!   

 

 Read all about it at the British Newspaper Archive!
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 127,929 pages have been added from the Kent Evening Post
127,929 pages have been added from the Kent Evening Post in the week of 26th February 2024.
The paper was established in Chatham in August 1968, providing local news every day.
In 1992 it was relaunched as Kent Today.  


3,853 pages from Fashion and Craft magazine were added to the Archive in the week of 19th February 2024.

3,853 pages from Fashion and Craft magazine were added to the Archive in the week of 19th February 2024.

In the week of 19th February 2024, 243,130 brand new pages were added to the Archive.
And now, there are over 74 million pages to explore!

Newspapers are a window into past times

They give a real flavour of what life was like, what was important, what mattered to people and what they wanted to hear about.  You can get a “feel” for the times and what was happening locally and nationally, day to day.  Can you imagine what people would have been discussing at the dinner table, or the events they would have been looking forward to at the weekend?  What would they have been tempted to buy as a result of the adverts in the papers?  Letters and editorials give you a really good idea of the views people held at the time of publication, and also of attitudes.

 

This February, the Archive took a look into the tradition of leap year proposals.  Read all about it here!

This February, the Archive took a look into the tradition of leap year proposals.  Read all about it here!

 

So what can you search for with The British Newspaper Archive?

  • News articles –events and issues of local, regional, national and international importance
  • Family notices – birth, marriage and death notices, announcements about engagements, anniversaries, birthdays and congratulations
  • Letters written to the editor by readers – what were they writing about? What did they care about? What did they want to share?
  • Obituaries on the lives of notable people
  • Advertisements – what were people wanting to buy, what did business want to sell?
  • Illustrations – photos, engravings, graphics, maps, cartoons

What else does the Archive have?

  • Headlines from History looks at how papers reported happenings of the time, such as Pets in Parliament, the Jitterbug dance which divided Britain in the 1940s
  • New titles added – this is a round up of new papers added during the week
  • Tips for using the Archive so that you can really make the most of it such as how to research local history
  • Genealogy and family history – which papers are best to do your research with?
  • Plus over 73 million newspapers to read!

Can I see any of it without subscribing?

There’s nearly 3.5 million pages free to view as part of the collection, brought to you as a result of the partnership with the British Library.   The Archive and the British Library are committed to making historic resources available to increasing numbers of people, which is why so many are free to view.  

I put in “school life in Sussex” to see what would appear as a trial run, and I was amazed at what appeared.   It’s a great way to escape from the 21st century back into times past…

Give a subscription to the British Newspaper Archive here