19th Century British Library Newspapers , managed by Gale Cengage, contains 70 UK & Irish national and local titles with over three million pages of searchable digitised content.
This full-text, fully searchable digital archive currently includes papers originating in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, carefully selected by an editorial board from the British Library and providing a broad yet detailed view of British life in the 19th century.
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Access to the website for UK HE and FE institutions
The website is also available to all Further and Higher Education UK institutions free of charge, thanks to funding from JISC, as part of its £22 million digitisation programme. HE and FE institutions should visit the JISC website to learn more or apply for a licence. The current list of subscribing UK HE and FE institutions can be found in the list in the right-hand margin.
More about the newspaper titles digitised
You can download more information about the newspaper titles digitised (PDF in the right-hand column).
New from British Library Publishing
Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities
by Linda Stratmann
Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities is a history of the Victorian newspaper Illustrated Police News, often seen as the first tabloid.
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Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism
Edited by Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor
A comprehensive reference work representing diverse facets of the press, from journalist to reader.
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