A unique resource

Millions of newspaper pages from the vast collection of the British Library.

In-library only

Please visit your nearest library to use this resource.

About the British Newspaper Archive

Search hundreds of millions of articles by keyword, name, location, date or title.

  • 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.
  • Letters
    Read letters to the editor written by the newspaper's readers, including illuminating contemporary debates, aspirations and anxieties.
  • Obituaries
    View a wealth of contemporary information on the lives of notable individuals and ancestors.
  • Advertisements
    These include classifieds, shipping notices and appointments. Illustrations - see photographs, engravings, graphics, maps and editorial cartoons.

Getting started

  1. Visit the archive and click 'Register'.
  2. Create an account with your email and password.
  3. Login with this account each time you search the archive at the library.
  4. You account will give you access to the archive only from the library's computers.