Gallery: A Treasure Trove of Britain's Old Newspapers

Crumbling Newspapers

crumbling newspaper corners

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Crumbling newspapers held in the British Archive. An ambitious 10-year project with aims to digitize 50 million pages of newsprint from the collection.

British Newspaper

British newspaper broadsheet

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Extra-large scanners are used to transform 8,000 pages into digital form every day.

Richard III 'Discovery'

King Richard III false discovery

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In 1935, the Bath Weekly Chronicle and Herald reported the discovery of a skeleton thought to be Richard III's.

Einstein's Arithmetic

Daily Mail Albert Einstein

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A 1924 news brief gets a dig in at famed mathematician Albert Einstein.

Digitizing Newspapers

newspaper digitization process

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An archivist positions newsprint on a special scanner.

Ironing Newspaper

newspaper digitization process

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An archivist irons out creases in an old newspaper. Some severely damaged papers have to undergo special conservation before scanning.

Great Exhibition

Great Exhibition history

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A miscellaneous news segment from 1851 tells of a mishap at the Crystal Palace, the enormous glass building created to house the international expo.

A Lady Thief

Hereford Times robbery story

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The scandalous tale of a "lady thief" in Hereford.

Elephant Theft

Elephant theft article

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A 1934 article datelined Birmingham, Ala., tells of an alleged elephant theft.

Pink Pills

pink pills

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Old newspapers display the medical cures of the times, including the alliteratively named "Pink Pills for Pale People."

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria crowning

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A newspaper supplement commemorating the crowning of Queen Victoria.

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