British Newspaper Archive – treasure trove of 3 million newspapers going back to the 1700s

I love these newspaper archives coming online. It’s like having a library in your home. The articles and pictures, the classifieds and political diatribes, it’s too fun.

When it comes to the British we have to separate our living memory from our British memory. We tend to think that American culture dominates the world but for 150 years it was the British. Think of Bram Stoker (Irish) and his Dracula, or Mary Shelley (British) and Frankenstein.

I’ve had some fun looking them up in the old newspapers as well as search terms like “tea time” and “British East India”. What did you come up with?

British Newspaper Archive

The one I found was from June 30, 1838, on the day of Queen Victoria’s coronation. You know the one played by Emily Blunt in the awesome movie, Young Victoria, and the person behind the “Victorian Era.”

“Her reign of 63 years and 7 months, which is longer than that of any other British monarch and the longest of any female monarch in history, is known as the Victorian era.

“It was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire.”

From Wikipedia

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