Thursday 29 July 2021

BritishNewspaperArchive database races past 44m-page milestone

The, the online version of the British Library's Newspaper Collection, passed the 44million-page milestone yesterday evening with a raft of debut titles joining the database. Today it stands at 44,073,418 pages.
From The Umpire, 29 July 1888

With most of the mainstream dailies and weeklies published in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland already available in the database at this stage of the digitisation project – it started in 2013 – it's not a big surprise to see several niche or short-lived titles in this latest eclectic batch of additions.

Among them are The Tailor and Cutter, an advertisement brochure which also carried news and educational features for the tailoring industry 1867-1918); The Standard of Freedom and The Public Cause, which took their politics, social views and themselves very seriously indeed; The True Sun, whose owner, printer and publisher were imprisioned for encouraging resistence to payment of a new tax, The Englishman, printed in Calcutta and sending colonial news back to the mother country; and, out of Manchester, The Umpire, which brought a truly bizarre style of journalism to newstands for a couple of decades over the turn of the 19th/20th centuries (see image, right).

You can see the latest additions here. No Irish titles in the latest crop, unfortunately.

Titles in the BritishNewspaperArchive database are shared with some FindMyPast subscription packages.

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