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Enhance your understanding of over three hundred years of regional life and culture in Britain with a trove of local newspaper coverage and first-hand accounts

Part of the most comprehensive range of regional and local newspapers published in Britain between the mid-eighteenth and mid-twentieth centuries ever made available in a digital collection, British Library Newspapers, Part IV, 1732-1950 provides 23 publications (nearly 1.4 million pages) from across the United Kingdom and Ireland to reflect the social, political, and cultural events of the times.

Sourced from the extensive holdings of the British Library, this collection covers well-known historic events, cultural icons, sporting events, the arts, culture, and other national pastimes. At a time when newspapers were emerging as a prerequisite medium of commercially minded societies and major cities, their pages — from articles to advertisements — provide researchers with unique, first-hand perspective.

From key early newspaper titles like the Stamford Mercury to what is possibly the oldest magazine in the world still in publication, the Scots Magazine, the 23 newspapers in Part IV offers key local and regional perspectives from towns as geographically diverse as Aberdeen, Bath, Chester, Derby, Stamford, Liverpool, and York. In addition, Part IV includes the 1901-1950 runs of papers such as the Aberdeen Journal and Dundee Courier, whose earlier newspapers are available in Part I and Part II.

The British Library Newspapers series offers researchers access to four centuries of British newspapers, supporting research in history, literature, Victorian studies, genealogy, fine arts, finance and economics, political science, and more.

Titles included in Part IV: 1732-1950:

  • Aberdeen Journal (Aberdeen)
  • Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette (Bath)
  • The Belfast Morning News (Belfast)
  • Berkshire Chronicle (Reading)
  • Cambridge Independent Press (Cambridge)
  • Cheltenham Chronicle (Cheltenham)
  • Chester Chronicle (Chester)
  • Derby Daily Telegraph (Derby)
  • The Dover Express (Dover)
  • Dundee Courier (Dundee)
  • Edinburgh Evening News (Edinburgh)
  • The Evening Telegraph (Dundee)
  • Gloucester Citizen (Gloucester)
  • Grantham Journal (Grantham)
  • The Islington Gazette (London)
  • Leamington Spa Courier (Leamington)
  • Liverpool Daily Post (Liverpool)
  • The Nottingham Evening Post (Nottingham)
  • The Stamford Mercury (Stamford)
  • The Scots Magazine (Edinburgh)
  • Western Gazette (Yeovil)
  • The Yorkshire Gazette (York)

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Subjects Covered
  • European Studies
  • Western European Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
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“Gale has selected resources for this collection to form a geographically dispersed and politically diverse body of material. The publication runs are often extensive, with many titles running 100 years or more. This part could be considered more esoteric than previous offerings, with the majority of titles representing smaller regional papers covering non-metropolitan areas. However, integrated with additional parts of the British Newspapers, 1600-1950 collection, the material may provide valuable additional insight on historical and social issues of 19th and 20th century Britain.”

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