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Posted on Tuesday 29th November

The British Library has made 18th and 19th Century newspapers available online. The public will now be able to scan the content of 200 titles from around the UK and Ireland, including the Manchester Evening News and the Aberdeen Journal.

The project is a collaboration between the British Library and Dundee-based IT firm Brightsolid. The archive is free to search but there is a charge for accessing the actual pages. A team working on the project has spent a year at the British Library's newspaper library digitizing up to 8,000 pages per day. They expect to scan up to 40 million more pages over the next 10 years.

Collaborations with publishers of newspapers are being sought, allowing access from around the world to thousands of pages at the click of a button.

To search the archive, visit The British Newspaper Archive website.

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