Friday, 22 November 2013

Moving the British Library's newspapers to Yorkshire

The BBC has a video feature on the closure of the British Library's newspaper archive at Colindale, and the new £33 million facility at Boston Spa in West Yorkshire. The feature is available at

For readers in Scotland and the north of England, I called the new facility in Yorkshire two weeks ago as part of preparations for a talk I was giving on newspapers, and was advised that there are plans to open a reader's room at there within the next year - much closer than having to travel down to London! For those in the south of England, the newspaper reading room facility can now be accessed at the main British Library building at St Pancras, though many titles will be unavailable during the next few months because of the archive move.

(With thanks to John Reid at Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections blog)


My latest book, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, is now available from (print) and (ebook), whilst Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available at My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, starts Nov 13th - see

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