Looking into the past through old newspapers? Life just got a whole lot easier...

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A huge archive of local, regional and national newspapers covering more than 300 years of history is now being made available to the public at the British Library.

New secretary of state for Culture Media and Sport Sajid Javid unveiled the £33m revamp of the library’s collection, which features a state-of-the art reading room, 750m pages of journals and 4.8m archived websites.


The oldest surviving newspaper is the Stamford Mercury, from May 22, 1718 – although earlier editions are available in facsimile form. The paper was first published in 1713.


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