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30 maart 2010

British Library adds extra 1 million pages to online newspaper resource

    *  Freely accessible to UK further and higher education institutions – this latest addition takes the total number of pages of 19th Century Newspapers available online to over 3 million – http://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/19thblib
    * 22 new titles cover a range of both regional and metropolitan publications including the Cheshire Observer, the Royal Cornwall Gazette, the Isle of Man Times and the Nottinghamshire Guardian


The British Library’s 19th Century Newspapers project, developed in partnership with JISC and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, offers researchers greatly enhanced access to a vast archive of socially, culturally and historically important collections previously only available in the Library’s London-based reading rooms. Providing highly illustrated materials on topics as diverse as the war in the Crimea to ladies fashion, the new additions both widen and deepen this unique resource, offering users a broader cross section of British society in the 19th century.

Adding to an existing selection of 49 titles, the 22 additional publications have been chosen by leading experts and academics to significantly extend the geographical coverage of the resource including a whole range of both regional and metropolitan titles. The additions to the archive have also sought to provide a more comprehensive picture of the political spectrum in the 19th century and include the entire runs of two additional major London papers – The Morning Post and The Standard – offering the conservative viewpoint alongside the liberal and radical papers already digitised such as the Daily News and Reynold’s Newspaper.

Ed King, Head of Newspaper Collections at the British Library:
“Newspapers are far more than a mere record of historical events. A key primary source, newspapers offer a unique window into the thoughts and feelings of contemporaries and how mass media both reflects and shapes public opinion.; Providing access to over 3 million pages, from 71 different 19th century titles, the British Library Newspapers website enables researchers for the first time to explore a mass of content quickly and easily, revealing new insights in to 19th century British society.”

Joanna Newman, Head of Higher Education at the British Library:
“The British Library 19th Century Newspapers website, developed in partnership with JISC and Gale part of Cengage Learning, offers researchers online access to a vast digital archive of primary source material. Already used by over 300 Higher and Further Education institutions, the addition of a further 1 million pages of content will both broaden and deepen the scope of this resource, continuing to unlock the British Library’s collections and offer UK researchers the very best access to information using cutting edge research tools.”

Alastair Dunning, JISC digitisation programme manager:
"In a time when print newspapers are under threat, the British Library resource provides a fascinating portrait of the vitality of the media industry in the nineteenth century. The website shows not only the diversity of political opinion during the age, but the geographical spread of newspapers, reflecting ideas and beliefs from all parts of the country.”

Jim Draper, Vice President and Publisher at Gale, part of Cengage Learning: ;
“The release of this new collection of British newspapers provides students and scholars with the opportunity to understand the nineteenth century at a level never before possible. The new papers – focusing as they do on regional events and on specific political points of view – shed light on the mores and customs of the United Kingdom at a crucial time in history. Gale is delighted to be partnering with the British Library and with the JISC to offer this new collection to the scholarly community as part of Gale’s ever-expanding program in historical archives.”
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