The British Library has this week opened up its newspaper archives online. Allowing visitors to now sift through four million pages of news paper content, stretching back to the 1700’s. Its is the first time that visitors to the service will be able to access digital copies of the newspaper online.
Head of the British Library’s newspaper collections, Ed King explains:
“People will find this archive extraordinary on both a personal and historical level. For the first time people can search for their ancestors through the pages of our newspapers wherever they are in the world at any time.
But what’s really striking is how these pages take us straight back to scenes of murders, social deprivation and church meetings from hundreds of year ago, which we no longer think about as we haven’t been able to easily access articles about them.”
To gain full access to the Newspaper archive you will require a subscription, which start at £6.95 for 48 hour access, or £29.95 for 30 days or £79.95 for an annual subscription. But once you are logged in you are then able to download PDF copies of newspaper articles to keep forever. Enjoy!