200 years of newspapers appear online

Paper view, geddit? Geddit?
Paper view, geddit? Geddit?

The British Library has uploaded more than two million pages from newspapers going back 200 years, with a pay-as-you-go service stretching back to coverage of the Battle of Trafalgar.

The British Library's service – at http://newspapers.bl.uk/blcs – isn't for free. Searches cost nothing, with 100 downloads and a 24 hour pass coming in at £6.99, and £9.99 for 100 downloads and a 7-day pass.

However, for the thrifty among you, access to The Graphic and The Penny Illustrated Paper is free.

Pay-per-view

Simon Bell, from the British Library, said: "The new pay-as-you-go service will enable users across the UK who don't wish to travel to our reading rooms in London or Yorkshire to delve into this unrivalled online resource."

The project, a collaboration between the British Library, Joint Information Systems and Gale, will no doubt be a popular online resource for both historians and those tracking their ancestors.