Newspaper moves

Bound volumes of newspapers at the British Library Newspaper Library Colindale North London
Bound volumes of newspapers at the Newspaper Library Colindale

The Newspaper Moves Programme safeguards the future of our newspaper collection by moving it into archival-standard storage at Boston Spa

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Since 7 April 2014 the Newsroom at St Pancras has been the home for news collections.

Following the closure of the Newspaper Library at Colindale, print newspapers have been moved to the Newspaper Storage Building (NSB) at our Boston Spa site in West Yorkshire. The new building provides fully environmentally-controlled storage conditions for the entire collection with low oxygen to eliminate the risk of fire.

As well as securing the long-term future of the print collection, the Newspaper Programme will transform the way that researchers are able to access news content. The Library’s partnership with DC Thomson Family History to digitise 40 million newspaper pages over 10 years will make historic newspapers accessible to a wider audience than before.

Collection Moves News Bulletin (Mar 2013)

Collection Moves News Bulletin (Oct 2013)

Collection Moves News Bulletin (Jun 2013)

Collection Moves News Bulletin (Feb 2013)

Collection Moves News Bulletin (Nov 2012)

Collection Moves News Bulletin (Jul 2012)

BBC video from November 2013 giving a behind-the-scenes look at the newspaper moves.

Contacts

Ben Sanderson, Communications Lead, Newspaper Programme

Alasdair Bruce, Newspaper Programme Manager

Case studies

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…A collaborative PhD with the British Library gives me the means to access a public audience…

Ruth uses the digitised newspaper collection to explore attitudes towards immigration in nineteenth century Britain.

…...it's good for finding those little pieces of the jigsaw...…

Using newspapers in research: Alex Hall, PhD student

Blog posts from the Newsroom

200 years of collecting newspapers

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

2022 marks a special anniversary for the Newspaper Collection at the British Library. 200 years ago, in April 1822, the British Museum’s Department of Printed Books began systematically collecting newspapers. From that foundation the Library’s newspaper collections has continued to...

British Library Television News Programme-Level List

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Following on from our recent announcement of a complete title-level downloadable listing of all newspapers catalogued by the British Library, we now have a downloadable listing of all our television news programmes, available from today on our Research Repository. British...

World newspaper data from the British Library

Sunday, June 12, 2022

The British Library has 36,253 newspaper titles from 193 countries and territories, representing 88 languages. How do we know this? Because we’ve been analysing the data. Now we’re making that data freely available for anyone to view, download, edit and...

Creating infographics for historical news

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The British Library is currently hosting at its St Pancras site a free exhibition of infographics on Victorian news topics, created using data from digitised newspapers and other sources. In this guest post, one of the professional designers behind the...

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Subjects

News media

You’ll find British and overseas newspapers dating back to the 1600s and we have growing collections of radio, television and web news