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Search for a person, place or event in our entire collection of historical British and Irish newspapers to get started. You can then use filters on the left-hand side of your results to narrow them down by date, place or newspaper title.

Our handy video tutorials will show you how to get the most out of The British Newspaper Archive. You can learn how to find an ancestor's name and how to search a particular date range or county.

Use our advanced search for more search options. You'll be able to exclude words, search for phrases, limit your searches to a particular date and even restrict your results to just the front pages of the newspapers.

You could also select a specific newspaper to browse. View the list of newspaper titles that are currently online, choose the newspaper you're interested in, then drill down using the filters on the left until you've got to the edition you're looking for.

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