This just in: Our first national paper!
The Daily Mirror is the first British national publication to be included our burgeoning newspaper collection.
Though initially conceived as a paper created by women, for women, the Mirror's direction was amended within a year to encompass a broader public focus. Add to that a price drop and more pictures, and the Mirror's popularity soared, remaining a top breakfast reading choice to this day.
A particularly significant addition for anyone researching relatives during World War 1, we hope that the Daily Mirror 1915 will prove a fascinating and useful source. And since we're in a media mindset, we thought we'd pause to reflect on a few of the things which make our historic newspaper collection such a unique trove for the family historian…
The Seven Wonders of historic newspapers
- There are now over eight million pages online, with more added every week.
- We've just added our first national UK publication… and there are more to come!
- You can explore over 200 years of history, spanning from 1710-1954. That's nearly 90,000 days of history!
- You never know who might pop up in these pages. It's not uncommon to find a relative photographed in a local paper – or uncover some accomplishment or noteworthy deed you hadn't been aware of before.
- Family rumours might find their proof in these pages. Scandals, suicides, attacks, and affairs were all printed without qualms, and you might discover the truth behind those Chinese whispers.
- You'll learn more about your ancestors' lives. What was the major news of the day? What were the popular fashions? Knowing more about the world your family lived in can add a whole new layer of colour to your investigations.
- You might already have access to them! The newspapers are available to search at The British Newspaper Archive and findmypast. So if you have a Britain or World subscription, you'll already have access to this wonderful resource.