Cumbria Libraries - Historical Newspapers

Cumbria Libraries have subscribed to the British Library newspaper archives to offer Library members free searching of over 300 years of newspapers and news pamphlets. This online resource offers full runs of national, regional and local nineteen century British newspapers, taken directly from the extensive holdings of the British Library.

Part I:   1800-1900
Part II:  1800-1900 
Part III:  1741-1950
Part IV:  1732-1950
Part V:   1746-1950

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British Library Newspapers contains full runs of influential national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of British society.

17th and 18th

17th and 18th Century Burney Collection

The newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media. The 700 or so bound volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets were published mostly in London, however there are also some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.

19th century

19th Century British Newspapers contains full runs of influential national and regional newspapers, representing different political and cultural segments of 19th Century British society.

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The British Newspaper Archive offers online access to millions of pages of British and Irish newspapers from 1703-2003. The Archive is a fantastic resource for everyone interested in history, and for family and local historians in particular. Every single word of every issue has been made searchable, and thousands of extra pages are added every week.

Unfortunately, due to licensing agreements, we are unable to offer this service to users at home. Please use computers in any of our libraries to access this resource.

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Ensure users can navigate the archive confidently with this helpful page on search tips and making use of the advanced search functions.

Find Help and Advice on getting started, newspaper coverage and other details here.

Get to grips with key terms in this glossary.

Check the video guides on the BNA YouTube channel featuring short videos on how to make the most of your subscription, like using the archive to advance military history research.

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Keep track of the latest news and updates, and hints and tips with the BNA Blog. Or follow the BNA on Twitter and Facebook.

Cumbria Libraries provides access to digital media from a range of providers. Use of these services are subject to the provider's terms and conditions.  

Cumbria Libraries accepts no responsibility for materials accessed from the provider. 

Parents or guardians are responsible for guiding young people in their use of these services whether these are accessed on the internet or apps.