British Library's early newspaper archive goes online | The Information Professional |

"More than 4m pages, mostly from 19th-century newspapers, reveal that press intrusion and celebrity gossip are nothing new (British Library's early newspaper archive goes online"


"More than 4m pages, drawn mainly from 19th-century regional newspapers, previously kept in decent obscurity at the library's newspaper archive in Colindale, north London, will now be available for historians and family researchers to browse for a small fee, or free if they visit the central library in King's Cross. All human life, not to say all the news fit to print, is certainly there, albeit written up in florid Victorian prose – great events, horrible murders reported in exhaustive detail, celebrity gossip, as well as the occasional intrusion into private grief."