Newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection helps chart the development of the concept of ‘news’ and ‘newspapers’ and the “free press”.
The collection contains full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain. This new collection includes national and regional newspapers, as well as those from both established country or university towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Special attention was paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The Penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also present in the collection.
Newspaper images can be magnified for easier reading or reduced for on screen navigation. You can save and print article images, create links and email them to others.
Please do ask a Liaison Librarian if you would like more assistance in using these new resources.