Tuesday 29 November 2011

British Newspaper Archive launches

The British Newspaper Archive has launched today with more than 3million pages available to view.

Subscription packages include a 2-day pass for £6.95 and a 30-day pass at £29.95. Unlimited annual access is £79.95.

In this initial tranche of searchable papers, there are three from Ireland: the Cork Examiner (1841-1846), Freeman's Journal (1820-1900), and Belfast Newsletter (1828-1900). But Irish News, and reports of Irish people living in England, Scotland and Wales, also appeared in many other British papers.

Today's launch marks the first phase of a 10-year project to digitise 40million pages of newspapers.

Edited 11:00am.