British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and findmypast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the vast collection of the British Library.

In-library  Please visit your nearest library to use this resource.

Before you Start

With the Library's subscription to The British Newspaper Archive, individual users must register for an account with their own email and password.  You will need to login with this account each time you search the archive at the library. The account you create will only give you access from the library's computers.

What can you search?

News Articles
read about national events, as well as issues of local and regional importance. News articles are your window into daily life in historical Britain & Ireland.
Family Notices
search for your family's birth, marriage and death notices plus related announcements including engagements, anniversaries, birthdays and congratulations.
read letters to the editor written by the newspaper's readers, including illuminating contemporary debates, aspirations and anxieties.
view a wealth of contemporary information on the lives of notable individuals and ancestors.
these include classifieds, shipping notices and appointments. Illustrations - see photographs, engravings, graphics, maps and editorial cartoons.

What is included in the collection?

The British Library's newspaper collections are among the finest in the world, containing most of the runs of newspapers published in the UK since 1800. 

The first stage of this project focused on runs published before 1900 and titles from cities such as Birmingham, Derby, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Leeds and York, along with local titles from London boroughs.

Newspapers which aimed for county circulation - from Staffordshire to Sussex - also feature prominently, providing an unrivalled picture of provincial life spanning the whole of the 19th century.