Start exploring 200 years of history

Newspapers are a brilliant research tool for anybody interested in the past. You can discover the way historical events were originally reported, unearth forgotten stories and even uncover amazing details about your own family history.

Get started today by searching for a person, event or place



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Search newspapers dating back to the 1700s

The British Newspaper Archive provides online access to local and regional newspapers from across Britain and Ireland, with more pages added every week.

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View your first three pages for free

Our newspapers are always free to search and to welcome you to the website, your first three pages are completely free to view when you register. Here’s how to get started:

1) Every newspaper page is completely searchable, meaning you can look for absolutely anything. Try searching for a person, event or place to begin with

2) Filter your search results by selecting a date range or location. Take a look at our search tips for more handy advice.

3) Click on the article title to view it for free. You’ll be asked to register and then you can view the article, save it to your computer and print it out.


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View more of the articles, adverts and illustrations you’ve found by subscribing to The British Newspaper Archive.

Our 1 month subscription costs just £9.95 and gives you unlimited access to the newspapers, or you could opt for a fantastic-value 12 month subscription for £79.95.



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