Centuries-old news at the click of a mouse

NEWS about Alnwick from the 18th and 19th centuries will soon be available online.

The British Library and online publisher, brightsolid, have launched a website which will transform the way that people use historical newspapers to find out about the past.

And the Alnwick Mercury and Morpeth Herald are two of more than 200 titles that will be available.

The newspapers, which mainly date from the 19th century, but include runs dating back to the first half of the 18th century, cover every aspect of local, regional and national news.

“The launch of the British Newspaper Archive website opens up the British Library’s newspaper collection as never before,” said Ed King, the British Library’s head of newspapers. “Rather than having to view the items on-site at the library, turning each page, people across the UK and around the world will be able to explore for themselves the gold-mine of stories and information contained in these pages – and the ability to search across millions of articles will yield results for each user, that might previously have been the work of weeks or months, in a matter of seconds and the click of a mouse.”

To look online at the newspapers visit www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk