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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. There were a total of 200 accounts available to distribute, and all accounts were issued for a full year.


  • You have an account that is a minimum of 6 months old
  • You have a minimum of 500 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You do not already have access to this resource through another library or institution
  • You have made at least 10 edits to Wikimedia projects in the last month
  • You are not currently blocked from editing Wikipedia

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;

Approved editors will not

  • Share their account logins or passwords with others, or sell their access to other parties
  • 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.
  • Violate any terms and conditions which appear on the particular pages of the BNA website they are accessing.

Private and confidential information


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  • Editors should always provide original citation information in addition to linking to BNA resources.
  • Editors should not provide bare links to restricted BNA pages
  • Note (subscription required) in the citation, where appropriate
  • Respect the copyright of BNA, in accordance with Wikipedia's copyright policy and their terms of use
  • Make efforts to provide full citation information in line with the citation examples provided below, or with the examples provided by BNA, where possible
Note that citation styles vary by article, and using every parameter in the example is not a requirement of access; editors can use the style most appropriate to the articles or projects they are working on.


<ref> {{cite news |title=Terrific Gale |work=Burnley Gazette |date=2 October 1875 |accessdate=8 July 2018 |url=| via = [[British Newspaper Archive]]|subscription=yes}}</ref>

Further participation[edit]

You can help The Wikipedia Library share this partnership:

  • Add {{Wikipedia:BNA/Userbox}} to your user boxes. This helps us share our project with other experienced users.
BNAThis user has access to the British Newspaper Archive through The Wikipedia Library
  • 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).


Add yourself at the bottom of the list with a line starting with #{{user8|USERNAME|Project=code}} (eg. {{user8|Example|Project=en}}) to be notified if this partnership is restarted.

  1. dirtyharry667 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I don't know how many edits or contributions I have, but I have been a member for many years. I have written several articles and have helped clean up several others. My primary interests have to do with corporate history and retail history. My most recent contributions were the August Wagner Breweries page and I am in the process of reworking the Gamble-Skogmo page. Having access to these data bases would be very helpful in nailing down acquisitions and mergers and their dates.dirtyharry667 (talk) 3:21, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
    @Dirtyharry667: I see you've requested access to many of The Wikipedia Library's resources covering many different categories. I looked at your edit history, and from what I can see, you've done little to no work on any article related to Britain. This resource is available do find historical newspaper clippings generally from British Newspapers. How would you intend to use this resource if given access? Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 12:10, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
    @Dirtyharry667: Are you still interested? Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 15:54, 22 November 2015 (UTC)
  2. LowSelfEstidle (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I enjoy researching to improve English articles of a variety of favourite topics of mine, including films, biographies, and music related articles. Having a resource such as this would be a tremendous help and would encourage me to spend more time researching and improving content to the articles I enjoy working on! Many thanks. LowSelfEstidle (talk) 17:26, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
    @LowSelfEstidle: I see that you've applied for many of our wonderful resources. I just want to make sure that you have the need and use for the British Newspaper Archive. Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 15:45, 11 October 2015 (UTC)
    @LowSelfEstidle: Are you still interested? Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 15:54, 22 November 2015 (UTC)
  3. Atlantic306 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Have over 4,000 edits, I spend most of the time looking for references to try and save prodded or AFD articles, this newspaper archive would help with pre internet subjects and topics.Thanks Atlantic306 (talk) 21:34, 6 April 2016 (UTC)
    @Atlantic306: Approved Expect an email shortly with further details. Nikkimaria (talk) 23:42, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
    1. Hi, unfortunately was only given feebased access instead of free access, please advise. Atlantic306 (talk) 22:29, 2 June 2016 (UTC)
  4. Pavan santhosh.s (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I have nearly 15,000 + edits on Telugu Wikipedia. And I am writing articles on Indian history and related aspects in the language. I wanted to improve articles using this resource. Thank you. --Pavan santhosh.s (talk) 16:16, 25 May 2016 (UTC)
  5. Clithering (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I have joined the Chinese Wikipedia since 2006 where I have contributed nearly 40,000 edits. Over the past 10 years, I have been specialising in biographies of people from British colonial history. A vast majority of these people had roots in Britain. Free access to BNA would allow me to search family notices of newspapers as covered by BNA for birth, death and marriage records, which could hardly be obtained from other sources. These records would greatly improve the quality of relevant biographical entries in Wikipedia. Many thanks. --Clithering (talk) 18:01, 18 June 2016 (UTC)
  6. Lemongirl942 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I have been a member since November 2015 with 6500 edits. I usually work with the history of Singapore related articles and since Singapore was a British colony, access to colonial era British newspapers would help me in researching facts. My main work is often sourcing obscure facts about etymology and biographies which do not seem to be available anywhere else and BNA would be a useful research tool. Thank you. --Lemongirl942 (talk) 14:43, 5 July 2016 (UTC)
  7. Atlantic306 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Hi, was approved for this back in April, still have not been given membership. Atlantic306 (talk) 01:29, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

Renewal requests[edit]

  1. Mendaliv (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Expired around July. I have more time now and am editing more, looking to get more background on legal case articles I'm fleshing out. —/Mendaliv//Δ's/ 23:03, 10 January 2016 (UTC)
    @Mendaliv: Approved Your account should be updated shortly. Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 15:10, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
    @TLSuda: I'm still not renewed on BNA. Any word on when I should expect this to go through? —/Mendaliv//Δ's/ 04:34, 22 February 2016 (UTC)
    @Mendaliv: Same response as above to WTT. I'll keep trying until we have better information. Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 22:02, 22 February 2016 (UTC)
    Sounds good. Just wanted to make sure there wasn't something on my end. Thanks for your hard work! —/Mendaliv//Δ's/ 22:15, 22 February 2016 (UTC)
  2. Farrtj (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Hi my subscription has recently ended. Could you please renew it? I have found BNA to be an excellent historical source. Tom (talk) 15:12, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
    @Farrtj: Approved Your account should be updated shortly. Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 15:10, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
  3. Murma174 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) My account has expired in Nov. 2015. I'd be glad if I could use this source again. --Murma174 (talk) 10:48, 25 January 2016 (UTC)
    @Murma174: Approved Your account should be updated shortly. Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 15:10, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
  4. Ritchie333 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) I've just noticed my account has expired, just while I was about to use it to do fact checking on a GA review :-/ ... could I get access again? Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 15:23, 4 March 2016 (UTC)
  5. Keri (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Would it be possible for a renewal? I find this a very useful source for my editing in areas of pre-internet social history. Keri (talk) 12:28, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
  6. Tony Holkham (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) My subscription expires next week. Could it be renewed, please? I have found it most useful in expanding and creating articles. Tony Holkham (Talk) 09:51, 24 July 2016 (UTC)
  7. Iantheimp (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Hi, my subscription runs out next weekend, could it possibly be renewed please, it has been a great help, Thank you. Iantheimp (talk) 11:08, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
  8. SlimVirgin (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email). My subscription expired last year. If it's not too late to renew it, I would like to do that. Many thanks, SarahSV (talk) 03:18, 7 August 2016 (UTC)
  9. Thincat (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Yes, my subscription has now lapsed too. Can I be included in again, please? Thincat (talk) 07:21, 14 August 2016 (UTC)
  10. Apwoolrich (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) My subscription has just expired. Can I renew, please? Its most useful resource for research, which I use constantly. Many thanks.Apwoolrich (talk) 08:35, 20 August 2016 (UTC)
  11. Struway2 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) My subscription just expired. Please let me know if access to this becomes available again so that I can renew. thanks, Struway2 (talk) 11:02, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
  12. Philg88 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Ditto.  Philg88 talk 09:32, 24 August 2016 (UTC)
  13. Cccefalon (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) My subscription just expired. If possible, please renew. --Cccefalon (talkcontribs) 20:04, 26 August 2016 (UTC)
  14. BrownHairedGirl (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) My subscription expired a week ago. I would very much like to renew it, if possible. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 23:37, 26 August 2016 (UTC)
  15. Miyagawa (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Expired a couple of weeks ago. It has been extremely useful for a host of British-centric articles. Miyagawa (talk) 09:34, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
  16. Emeraude (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Expired a few weeks ago - didn't realise until I wanted to start some more new articles on 1800s British MPs. Emeraude (talk) 16:01, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
  17. Rodw (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Expired a few weeks ago. Used for lots of local (Somerset & Bristol) articles.— Rod talk 20:26, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
  18. Jeff5102 (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) expired at 07/08/2016. Used for creating, expanding and filling in references for British and Russian politicians. Also for correcting articles at BNA itself.Jeff5102 (talk) 10:58, 9 September 2016 (UTC)
  19. Curlymanjaro (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Subscription expired recently. I'm looking to continue on projects pertaining to Nottinghamshire's local history, would be very grateful for a renewal. Curlymanjaro (talk) 18:54, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
  20. Jellyman (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Have used in the past primarily for research relating to football history, access expired in 2016. Jellyman (talk) 19:31, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
  21. Worm That Turned (talk · contribs · central auth · count · email) Expired a little while ago, found it extremely useful, wrote about a dozen good articles using it. WormTT(talk) 12:45, 29 June 2017 (UTC)