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Why do I have to pay to view these newspapers?

The British Newspaper Archive offers millions of free articles for you to search and view. You can find these by selecting the search filter ‘Free to View’ under Access Type either in Advanced Search or on the left-hand side of your search results. Learn more about our Free to View pages in our Blog

 The British Newspaper Archive is a commercial project from Findmypast in partnership with the British Library. We have to charge so that we can cover the huge costs of digitising new newspapers and keeping the website running. We also have to pay licencing costs to our partners for making their newspapers available to us. 

 By paying for access to the newspapers, you are investing in the service and making sure that we can continue to add more newspapers and new features. The good news is that because this is a commercial service, no taxpayer's money is used to fund the project.

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