The British Newspaper Archive celebrates its 3rd birthday

The British Newspaper Archive ( has come a long way since the website launched on 29 November 2011 with 4 million historic newspaper pages.

9 million newspaper pages now online

The collection is now more than twice the size, with over 9 million fully searchable pages available from 300 British and Irish titles. The newspapers cover 1710 – 1954, a much broader time period than at launch.

If you weren’t able to find a particular person, event or place when The British Newspaper Archive launched, it’s well worth looking again now. Visit to try a search for free.

Revealed: the 5 most popular searches

As a birthday celebration, The British Newspaper Archive has used website analytics to work out the five most popular newspaper titles and search terms.

Based on search volume, the most popular titles are:

1. Hull Daily Mail

2. Aberdeen Journal

3. Dundee Courier

4. Bath Chronicle & Weekly Gazette

5. Nottingham Evening Post

While some of the more unusual examples include ‘mouth is worn slightly open’ and ‘eyes with red hot needles’, the five most common search terms are:

1. Football

2. Murder

3. Death

4. Jack the Ripper

5. Railway

You’ll find more information about The British Newspaper Archive and how the website is being used at

About The British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership project between the British Library and Findmypast. From November 2011 to 2021, up to 40 million pages from historical newspapers across the UK and Ireland (spanning the period 1700 to 1954) will be uploaded to

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection.