At the British Library, there are over 32 kilometres of shelving that contain bound volumes of newspapers and over 13 kilometres of newspaper microfilm. 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 – until now.
The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership with the British Library to begin digitising this huge collection and make it available to researchers including us here in Christchurch.
What can I search?
- News Articles – read about national events, as well as issues of local and regional importance;
- Family Notices – search for your family’s birth, marriage and death notices plus related announcements including engagements, anniversaries, birthdays and congratulations;
- Letters – read letters to the editor illuminating contemporary debates, aspirations and anxieties;
- Advertisements – these include classifieds, shipping notices and appointments;
- Illustrations – see photographs, engravings, graphics, maps and editorial cartoons.
So how do I start?
Due to license restrictions you can only access this eResource inside your local library. You will also need to first create your own account using your email address and password once you enter. Once this is done, you can freely access all content and organise all your research with your personal notes and bookmarks. My advice? Explore and be ready to lose track of time!