About the British Newspaper Archive

Search millions of digitized pages from the British Library’s vast newspaper collection from the 1700’s onwards.

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Use the British Newspaper Archive now (In-Library Access Only)

Key Features

The British Library's collection of historical newspapers contains newspapers from 1603 to the present day, from both Britain and further afield. It is continually being added to.

Please note: To access these records you will need to first create your own account using your own email address and password. Once this is done you can gain free access to all content and organise all your research with your personal notes and bookmarks.

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 such as engagements, anniversaries and congratulations;
  • Letters - read letters to the editor illuminating contemporary debates and anxieties;
  • Advertisements - these include classifieds, shipping notices and appointments;
  • Illustrations - see photographs, engravings, graphics, maps and editorial cartoons.

How do I search?

  • Browse by – place of publication, newspaper title, time period
  • Keyword search by – people, places, events….
  • Advanced Search – numerous limiters such as article type, date range, sort by relevance or date….

When you have retrieved your search results you can further refine them by a series of filters on the left hand side of the page.

More information

At the British Library 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. The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership with the British Library to begin digitizing this huge collection and make it available on the internet so researchers from all over the world can access it.