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British Newspaper Archive
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BNA This user has access to the British Newspaper Archive through The Wikipedia Library

Account Coordinator: Nikkimaria will be approving accounts and collecting email addresses.

The British Newspaper Archive (BNA) is a newspaper database gathered from the British Library's holdings of newspapers (for more information on what gets digitized see the discussion of the partnership). This database includes the newspapers listed at the "Available Newspapers" subpage and these resources are particularly suited for 18th, 19th and early 20th century British and Global news events and people content: their current collection includes mostly regional papers and very few titles go beyond the 1950s, many stopping in the early twentieth century. The initial pilot generously offered offered 100 accounts distributed in July 2014 and was expanded to 200 accounts in October 2014. All accounts will be issued for a full year.


  • You have your preferences enabled to receive email messages on English Wikipedia; (see Special:Preferences)
  • You have an account that is a minimum of 1 year old
  • You have a minimum of 1000 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You are active in content generation, research, and/or verification work

If you don't quite meet the experience requirements but think you would still be a strong candidate for access, feel free to apply and you may be considered.


Approved editors may

  • Search, view, retrieve, and display portions of restricted content
  • Electronically save portions of restricted content
  • Print out single copies of portions of restricted content
  • Comply with any terms and conditions which appear on the particular pages of the BNA website they are accessing

Approved editors will not

  • Share their account logins or passwords with others
  • Mass scrape or mass download BNA content
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose
  • Datamine metadata without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles
  • Use the access provided through the Pilot for any commercial purpose

Private and confidential information

  • You will need to have a confirmed email address to participate. You understand and agree that your name and email address may be shared with representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia Library, and British Newspaper Archive. While Wikipedia Library coordinators are volunteers (not employees or contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation or British Newspaper Archive), they have signed confidentiality agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation with regards to the personal information they may handle for the Wikipedia Library.



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Further participation[edit]

Here are a few ways you could help The Wikipedia Library effectively leverage this partnership:

  • Add "{{Wikipedia:BNA/Userbox}} to your user boxes if you have access to this database. This helps us share our project with other experienced users.
  • If you discover something valuable or of public interest, the British Newspaper Archive is interested in having guest bloggers on their blog (see Guest blogging has many benefits: it gives the opportunity for both The Wikipedia Library and BNA to profile our partnership, it gives the guest bloggers a new platform to share their editing experience with others (which is good for the Wikimedia community), and BNA will change the access of the newspaper page in question to Open Access (which is good for public knowledge). To find out more, contact our volunteer coordinator.
  • Alternatively, if you keep your own blog: BNA is willing to release newspaper images for your use on your own blog (with appropriate copyright statements of course).

Completed applications[edit]

As BNA makes more accounts available we'll approve more applicants for use. Even if we have more applications than available accounts, feel free to sign up in the pending applications and waitlist section. Increased Wikipedian participation helps demonstrate interest to our partners, and helps us understand how many accounts might be of use! For an archive of applications for users who received accounts see /Approved

Pending applications and waitlist[edit]

Please add yourself to the bottom of the list using #{{user8|USERNAME|Project=code}} (eg. {{user8|Example|Project=en}} and make sure to include an explanation of why you think you would be a good candidate for using the research and how you plan to use it.

  1. Nsaa (talk · contribs · count · email), Nsaa (talk · contribs · count · email), actively use it to confirm added material, citations both on English and Norwegian Wikipedia. It may also be useful in my OTRS work. Access to BNA will be a great help. Nsaa (talk) 15:41, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
    @Nsaa: Could you explain how this resource will help with OTRS? I've never heard that as a rationale. Chris Troutman (talk) 22:27, 9 January 2015 (UTC)
  2. Headhitter (talk · contribs · count · email) I've created nearly 200 articles, a great deal of them about buildings and historical figures (architects, artists etc) in London. Wherever possible I provide reliable citations but some information (such as might be found in a newspaper obituary) I am currently unable to source online. Having access to the BNA might help me to expand these articles and develop new ones. Headhitter (talk) 08:12, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
    @Headhitter: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 03:56, 10 February 2015 (UTC)
  3. worldbruce (talk · contribs · count · email) My maintainence and AfC efforts bring me in contact with a wide variety of articles that need work on their verifiability and sources. Access to BNA could make my work more efficient and allow me to help more articles more completely. Worldbruce (talk) 04:38, 12 March 2015 (UTC)
    @Worldbruce: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:35, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
  4. jkokavec (talk · contribs · count · email) Hi, I'd appreciate BNA access so I can continue my work documenting the history of islands (for example: Smooth Island (Tasmania)). Many thanks, Jkokavec (talk) 01:15, 15 March 2015 (UTC)
    @Jkokavec: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 04:54, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
  5. Skr15081997 (talk · contribs · count · email) I need this resource for my work on Indian history and early British and American films. Thanks.--Skr15081997 (talk) 12:02, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
    @Skr15081997: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 04:54, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
  6. Jefferyseow (talk · contribs · count · email) I edit entries related to 19th Century British Malaya (the Federated Malay States, Unfederated Malay States, and the Straits Settlements, especially Penang and Singapore). Sources are hard to find and access to BNA's archived newspapers would help.
    @Jefferyseow: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 20:18, 2 May 2015 (UTC)