Once upon a time, the British print media was the envy of the civilised world and the inspiration for news gathering operations the world over.

My, how times have changed. These days our press organs are quite rightly being brought to book for some of the ways they've been doing the news gathering in recent years. It's a shameful episode in what is a glorious history of reporting world events, and one that we all hope is finally being brought to an end.

But, once a upon a time, the newspapers were to only way people got to hear about events beyond their local communities and this new online archive from the British Library is a treasure trove of historical record and cultural commentary.

You can immerse yourself in newspapers going back 300 years and once you start exploring, you might find it difficult to stop.

Log on at www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk for a great opportunity to explore the glory days of the British press.

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