Burney collection

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The newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757- 1817) are the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media available from the British Library.

About the collection

The 700 or so bound volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets were published in London. However there are also some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies. There are 1271 titles in the collection.

The collection totals almost 1 million pages including many rare single page and single issue items. Important titles included are the British Journal, the Daily Courant, the Daily Gazetteer, Lloyd’s Evening Post and British Chronicle, the London Chronicle, the Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser, St James’ Chronicle or British Evening Post, and Whitehall Evening Post, or London Intelligencer.

What is available online?

Licences to the digitised collection website are available to all Further and Higher Education UK institutions. Access fees may apply. HE and FE institutions should visit the JISC website to learn more or apply for a licence.

To subscribe to the database please contact Gale Cengage Learning.

The collection is cross searchable with the 19th Century British Library Newspapers Database collection

What is available in our Reading Rooms?

In partnership with Gale Cengage Learning, the entire collection has been digitised. You can access the website now if you are within a British Library Reading Room.

How to guides

Researching television and radio news

We have been recording television and radio news programmes broadcast in the UK since May 2010 - only accessible in our Reading Rooms

Researching newspapers

There are online newspaper resources available in the Newsroom, including both UK and international newspapers.

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Access over 200 million collection items for free with a Reader Pass. Carry out research in our Reading Rooms and access our online collections.

How to get a Reader Pass if you are under 18

How to apply for an under 18 Reader Pass