Friday, 30 November 2012

British Newspaper Archive celebration

This newspaper digitization project has just celebrated its first anniversary; what's really to celebrate is having just reached 6 million pages in the collection, 6,011,380 to be exact. They now have:

· 10,000 pages added every day, 7 days a week to the website
· 150,000 new stories a day, 4,500,000 new stories a month (approx)
· Over 200 newspaper titles from the UK and Ireland
· Newspapers covering the period 1710 to 1950

The project target is 40 million pages so there`s a long way yet to go. This is a good start, the going is getting tougher. A substantial part of the content now available had been digitized previously in a British Newspaper Library project so 2019 would be an ambitious target at the present rate. That`s unless there is some major technological development.

The papers added in just the last 30 days are:

Coventry Times 1855
Dundee Courier 1909, 1911, 1915, 1921 - 1922, 1924, 1926 - 1928, 1931, 1937, 1940, 1944 - 1948, 1950
Dundee Year Book, The 1901
Evening Telegraph 1916 - 1917, 1919 - 1920, 1922 - 1923, 1925, 1929 - 1931, 1933 - 1940, 1945, 1947
Gloucestershire Echo 1932 - 1933, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1943, 1948 - 1949
Hastings and St Leonards Observer 1866
Louth and North Lincolnshire Advertiser 1910
Manchester Evening News 1917
Middlesex Chronicle 1860 - 1864
Post., The 1920 - 1935
Sheffield Daily Telegraph 1892, 1910
Stamford Mercury 1723, 1734, 1770, 1855, 1864, 1880, 1894, 1909
Sussex Advertiser 1746 - 1747, 1756, 1765 - 1768, 1786
Western Morning News 1921, 1923
Windsor and Eton Express 1876

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