19th Century British Library Newspapers

Overall, this is a wonderfully rich resource which has all the benefits of a well-funded, exhaustively researched project designed with the views of potential users well to the fore. The process of academic consultation has produced a selection of material which is certainly of enormous value for those wishing to better understand the language, layout and political contexts of the 19th-century newspaper across the British Isles.
Martin Conboy , University of Sheffield
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"19th Century BL Newspapers Online gives us an invaluable new perspective on the way Victorian Britain came to understand itself as a community of citizens, consumers and commentators. It is hard to imagine any researcher with nineteenth-century interests to whom it does not offer important insights on their subject: and it is dangerously addictive!
Professor Arthur Burns, Kings College London 

Developed in partnership with the British Library and JISC, 19th Century British Library Newspapers offers full runs of national, regional and local 19th century British newspapers, taken directly from the extensive holdings of the British Library. The content includes 48 titles, totaling approximately 2.2 million pages, selected to reflect the social and political developments of the times in which they were published.

The papers have been carefully selected by an editorial board from the British Library whose purpose was to provide a broad yet detailed view of British life in the 19th century; from business to sport, from politics to entertainment and the arts. The collection is made up of daily and weekly publications and reflects Britain’s growing role as a superpower in the 19th century world.

19th Century British Library Newspapers enables users to search material previously only available in London-based reading rooms. Employing the latest imaging techniques, the collection offers its users highly illustrated materials on topics as diverse as business and sport, politics and entertainment. The collection will focus on London national newspapers, English regional papers, home country newspapers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and titles in specialist areas such as Victorian radicalism and Chartism.

19th Century British Library Newspapers Part II

"We have found the 19th Century British Library Newspapers an excellent resource that is heavily used by both public and staff. It is excellent news that we now have access to a significant number of additional titles and I’m sure that our users will be very pleased."
Kath Cassidy, Newcastle Libraries and Information Service

Gale is pleased to announce the release of Part II which includes 22 additional titles totalling almost 1 million pages. The aim of Part II has been to increase the range of English regional newspapers and expand the political views it represents. Widening and deepening the range of newspapers from the regions and towns/cities in England has meant that researchers will find a number of significant towns now
represented in the collection including: Nottingham, Bradford, Leicester, Sheffield, and York as well as North Wales.

The selection of predominantly liberal, left-of centre or radical publications in Part I has been balanced in Part II by the inclusion of two London newspapers, The Standard and the Morning Post, which for most of the 19th century represented conservative opinion.
Adding papers that encompass a wider variety of political views now enables researchers to see an event from a number of contrasting perspectives.

19th Century British Library Newspapers on Gale NewsVault

19th Century British Library Newspapers is a part of the Gale NewsVault programme. Gale NewsVault delivers the definitive cross-searching experience for exploring Gale’s range of historical newspaper collections. Users can simultaneously search or browse across some of the best-known and well-respected newspaper collections available internationally to date, including The Economist Historical Archive and the Financial Times Historical Archive. Providing access to 15 million digitised facsimile pages, and more that 400 years of content, Gale NewsVault provides an unparalleled window to the past.

Gale NewsVault
is available to all Gale historical newspaper collection customers now, free of charge, enabling users to cross-search all of the Gale historical newspaper collections that an institution holds.

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19th Century British Library Newspapers Parts I and II are available from JISC in a 3-resource package which includes 19th Century UK Periodicals Series 1 and 17th & 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers.

For staff and students at HE and FE institutions in the UK – please contact your library to enquire about online access to these collections or visit the JISC Content Portal pages for 19th Century British Library Newspapers and the 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection.

For librarians at HE and FE institutions in the UK – to sign up and make these collections available to your library users please visit the resources pages on the JISC Catalogue site - 19th Century British Library Newspapers and 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection - and download, complete and return the license agreement.