Three centuries of local news

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Three centuries of local news is now available online at Lincolnshire Archives and libraries.

Millions of articles from UK newspapers dating back to 1700 can now be searched for free at the click of a button using the British Newspaper Archive.

The vast online database contains digital versions of newspapers held at the British Library. The collection is described as one of the finest in the world and includes five of Lincolnshire’s most historical newspapers.

The Lincolnshire Echo, Grantham Journal, Lincolnshire Chronicle, Louth and North Lincolnshire Advertiser and Britain’s oldest newspaper The Stamford Mercury, as well as more than 220 others from across the UK, are now all just a click away.

Jonathan Platt, head of libraries, said: “Previously, the county’s historical newspapers have only been available on microfilm or original print, making it difficult for local researchers to find and look at what they need. A search of the UK’s papers would’ve required a trip to the British Library in London. Now, researchers, family historians and history buffs need only log-on at their nearest library.

“Lincolnshire libraries have always collected and preserved local newspapers for current and future generations. By providing digital access to these valuable resources, we hope to encourage people to explore more of their local and family history. With all the other free resources available in libraries, The Collection and at Lincolnshire Archives, such as census records, the information about our past is now easier to uncover than ever before.”

Full content of the papers is available, including news articles, family notices, letters to the editor, obituaries and advertisements.