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This page gives an introduction to the NEWSPLAN programme and details of the NEWSPLAN 2000 project completed between 2001-2005 including the completion report presented to the Heritage Lottery Fund.


NEWSPLAN is the co-operative programme for the microfilming and preservation of local newspapers and for making them accessible to users. It involves public, academic and national libraries, archives, and the newspaper industry. The British Library Newspaper Library plays a leading role in support of NEWSPLAN and the National Libraries of Wales, Scotland and Ireland are major participants. NEWSPLAN is based on Regions corresponding to the Regional Library Systems of the UK and Ireland. It is widely regarded as a model of co-operation.

In 1999 LINC NEWSPLAN Panel received a Heritage Lottery Fund Award of £5 million to begin to implement the Local Newspapers in Peril initiative to save 3,500 fragile local and regional newspapers dating from 1800 to 1950. The NEWSPLAN 2000 company has been set up to implement the initiative.

The NEWSPLAN 2000 Project was implemented between 2001-2005. The NEWSPLAN 2000 PROJECT COMPLETION REPORT TO THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND JULY 2005 (see PDF files) provides further details of the Project's achievements.

Further Information

For further information on NEWSPLAN, contact LINC NEWSPLAN Panel Secretary:

Ed King
Newspaper Librarian
British Library Newspapers
Colindale Avenue
London NW9 5HE
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7362
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7386


Further information on NEWSPLAN 2000 Project is also available:

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