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Sunday, 10th March 2013

Online Archives Make British Historical Newspapers Available

By Africa S. Hands

From HoldtheFrontPage:

The KM Group has created the free online archive which features tens of thousands of pages of The South Eastern Gazette, the forerunner of the Kent Messenger Series, which were published from 1852 to 1912.

This period covers arguably the greatest period of social and industrial revolution in British history and the newspapers have been digitised thanks to a Your Heritage grant and a group of dedicated volunteers.

The archives are fully searchable and will go live on 22 March with a launch event at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, which will be attended by 200 Kent schoolchildren and members of local history groups.

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Africa S. Hands is an independent librarian with a focus on helping professionals understand and utilise social media and search engines through one-on-one tutorials and small group workshops. Africa tweets (@africahands) on resources of interest to information and higher education professionals.

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