A few weeks ago I was faced with a dilemma. The cost of my monthly subscription to the British Newspaper archive was to increase in September. I was offered an opportunity to sign up for a discounted annual subscription. I wasn't sure what to do so I posed the question here on my blog. I received some useful advice from several readers via Twitter and email and went ahead with the annual subscription. Many thanks to all those who shared their thoughts with me which were unanimously in favour of an annual subscription.
I use the British Newspaper Archives frequently and have unearthed some fascinating stories related to my family history researches both directly and indirectly. It can be very time consuming because all sorts of little stories catch your eye and are too good to miss. For example, I was looking for information about VJ Day (15th August 1945) for a blogpost I was trying to write about my dad's wartime experiences and stumbled on this:
and this little snippet about street parties:
The team at the British Newspaper Archive are adding new content all the time so the site just gets better and better. There is a facility to bookmark the pages you like and annotate your collection to make it easier to find the articles that have been of interest. The discounted annual subscription works out at just over a fiver per month which is good value. (Disclaimer: I am not being paid by BNA to make these positive remarks!)
A couple of weeks ago I was trying to find out about a housing estate where my family lived in the mid-nineteen-fifties. I had a few photographs in my family history box and an address. The estate was built as part of the British government's attempt to deal with an acute housing crisis by building thousands of council houses. I found lots more photographs in the on-line collection of the local museum and this amazing story in the BNA.
You can read the full story here if you follow this link.
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