British Newspaper Archive Announces Major New Milestone

The British Newspaper Archive is thrilled to announce it has reached another milestone in their project to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection of historic British & Irish newspapers.

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September 1st 2017 – The British Newspaper Archive is thrilled to announce it has reached another milestone in their project to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection of historic British & Irish newspapers.  Following the addition of a newspaper title from County Leitrim, the online archive now provides a title from all 32 counties across Ireland.

The British Newspaper Archive contains more than 21 million newspaper pages from 815 titles from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and spans nearly 300 years (1703-2003) of local, national, and world news.  Of those titles, 150 titles are from Ireland.   The latest title added to the collection is theLeitrim Advertiser with more than 5,000 pages.  The paper was originally published in Mohill, Leitrim and known in later years and The Leitrim and Longford Advertiser.

The British Newspaper Archive is dedicated to continuously growing their collection of Irish newspapers across the island.  In the last 30 days, The Archive has expanded Irish titles such as Belfast News-LetterDublin Evening MailLeinster IndependentNewry ReporterNorthern Constitution, and Portadown Times.

A variety of historically rich specialty publications and illustrated magazines containing full colour images have also been made available this year, including the BystanderTatlerBritannia and EveThe Stage, and Illustrated London News.  Another recent addition to its expansion collection of illustrated titles is the Illustrated War News, covering the First World War and the first year of the Second World War.  This unique title offers detailed illustrations and photographs from the battles lines and the home front.

About The British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and Findmypast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection over a 10 year period.

The British Library’s collection of historical newspapers is one of the wonders of the world: it contains newspapers from 1603 to the present day, from both Britain and further afield. There are over 600,000 bound volumes of newspapers (occupying 32 kilometres, or 20 miles, of shelving) and over 300,000 reels of microfilm (occupying a further 13 kilometres, or 8 miles, of shelving). Until now, the only way to view these newspapers was to visit the British Library, and, of course, it was not possible to search them.

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership with the British Library to digitised this huge collection and make it available on the internet so researchers from all over the world can access the treasures within it. First launched in 2011, millions of pages of historical newspapers have now been scanned and made them available online for the first time ever. You can now search hundreds of millions of stories by keyword, name, location, date or title and watch your results appear in an instant.

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