One million more newspaper pages free to access from British Newspaper Archive and British Library

05 September 2022
Find your Scottish ancestors in the collection of more than two million newspaper pages
The British Newspaper Archive in partnership with the British Library, has made a further one million historical newspaper pages available completely free to the public, reaching a new total of two million free pages.

Together, the British Newspaper Archive and the British Library are committed to releasing a total of five million free pages over five years, which can be accessed online on the British Newspaper Archive website and on FindMyPast.

Much of this content has been made available as part of several major digitisation projects based at the British Library: 19th Century Newspapers; Heritage Made Digital, which seeks to transform digital access to the British Library’s rare and early collections; and the Living with Machines research project, a collaboration between the British Library, The Alan Turing Institute and five partner universities, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) via UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Strategic Priorities Fund.

Find your Scottish ancestors

These free pages, covering the years 1699-1900 across 244 titles, increase the accessibility of historical newspapers to more people around the world and can help you find out about your ancestors, who may, for example be mentioned in birth, marriage & death announcements; in the business pages of newspapers, or through their leisure activities, for examples with sports clubs or societies relating to hobbies and interests. And of course those ancestors who fell foul of the law may provide rich pickings through accounts of court cases.

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Researchers discover their Scottish roots in the Glasgow Herald, or explore the history of Ireland with the United Irishman. One particularly intriguing title is Berthold’s Political Handkerchief, famously printed on calico, a type of fabric, in order to get around paying the newspaper stamp tax of the time.

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The new release includes 167,534 pages from Scotland, including the Edinburgh Gazette of 1699, the oldest newspaper digitised by the project so far.

Explore the collection

Explore the collections on the British Newspaper Archive website and on FindMyPast.