Although I have written about this before I think it is worth bringing it up again. The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and brightsolid online publishing to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection over the next 10 years. They have scanned millions of pages of historical newspapers and made them available online for the first time ever.
You can search millions of articles by keyword, name, location, date or title and matches of your results appear in an instant. Compare this with hours of painstaking manual searching through hard copies or microfilm and it is easy to appreciate the ground breaking nature of this project. The British Newspaper Archive contains some newspaper content originally funded as part of a £3m contribution from JISC. This was an important initiative that contributed greatly to the British Library’s digitisation of historic newspapers project. As the British Newspaper Archive grows all three million pages created from the JISC project will be included amongst millions of other pages digitised by brightsolid. I’ve found over 160 records here of my CUMPSTON family so why not take a look?
- VIDEO: Newspaper archive goes online (bbc.co.uk)
- Untold Lives: Sharing stories from the past – The British Library (cumpstonresearch.wordpress.com)