About British Library Newspapers

A comprehensive range of digitised regional and local newspapers printed in Britain from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries.

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Key features

The collection is made up of daily and weekly publications and reflects Britain’s growing role as a superpower in the 19th century world. It includes newspapers from the new industrial powerhouses of the Midlands, Scotland, Ireland and Wales and allows you to see monumental historic events, such as the total defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte, to daily news, such as the opening of the first electric tube railway or the construction of the English Channel. Genealogists will also be able to access material previously only available in London-based reading rooms!
The archive is cross-searchable with other Newspaper and periodical archives using Gale Primary Sources. See About Gale Primary Sources for a full list of publications
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Taken from the extensive holdings of the British Library the series comprises of five parts:

  • Part I: 1800-1900: Ranges from tabloids like the Illustrated Police News to radical papers like the Chartist Northern Star;
  • Part II: 1800-1900: Expands the amount of regional newspapers. Towns and regions include: Bradford, Sheffield, York and North Wales. The addition of two major newspapers, The Standard and The Morning Post, helps capture the more conservative opinions of the nineteenth century;
  • Part III: 1741-1950:  Encompasses powerful news journals like the Leeds Intelligencer, local interest publications such as the Northampton Mercury, and specialist titles such as the Poor Law Union's Gazette;
  • Part IV: 1732-1950:  Includes what is possibly the oldest magazine in the World, The Scots Magazine, as well as regional perspectives from cities as diverse as Aberdeen, Bath, Belfast and Liverpool;
  • Part V: 1746-1950: Concentrates on the newspapers from the northern part of the United Kingdom especially Scotland and the Midlands. Scottish localities include Fife, Elgin, Inverness and Paisley.       
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