Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Hold the front page - 19th century newspapers resource launched

New resource offers one million pages from forty-six 19th century newspapers to unlock a rich seam of hidden treasures

JISC and the British Library, in partnership with Gale/Cengage Learning, have launched their 19th century British Library Newspapers website. The UK’s Further and Higher Education communities can now enjoy free online access to a cross section of 19th century national and regional titles, greatly enhancing research into the society, culture and history of the UK between 1800-1900. HE and FE lecturers will be able to download material from the website and use it for teaching purposes.

For the first time, iconic historical events that shaped our present will be fully searchable online. Vital newspaper reports on the Congress of Vienna, the Slavery Abolition Act and the opening of the Suez Canal will become accessible from researchers’ desktops. Users will be able to read and repurpose the factual reporting of the Battle of Trafalgar in the Examiner and the gory details of the Whitechapel murders in the melodramatic Illustrated Police News. Some of the most famous authors of the 19th century are represented, including Dickens and Thackeray.

Further details can be found here.

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