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The British Newspaper Archive (BNA) has been a real boon for research, used in recent TV series A House in Time and Who Do You Think You Are?. It has opened up opportunities to find out what was happening in Brentford before the memories shared by many contributors. Janet McNamara, Vic Rosewarne and Jim Storrar have used newspapers extensively, for example see the Pub Hub.
Searching The British Newspaper Archive is free, accessing the original article is chargeable but subscribers to Findmypast can access BNA at no extra cost. If a search fails to turn up material in Findmypast, it is worth trying the superior search facilities of the BNA website, then return to Findmypast to view the page.
When searching, both BNA and Findmypast websites offer filtering facilites, such as by publication title, date, county, place and type of article.
As at February 2022 material continues to be added to the archive: nearly 200,000 new pages in the last week of January 2022.
In January 2018 the archive gave access to over 420,000 articles which include the word 'Brentford', a substantial increase since 2015. By February 2022 the total had more than doubled, to over 860,000 articles. These titles contribute significantly to the total, the coverage is noted for each:
Whilst no Brentford titles are included in the Archive as yet, some local newspapers are held at Chiswick Library.
Examples of Brentford stories
At the outset I had hoped to add a piece each to reflect the changing seasons and annual cycle, but life caught up with me! I continue to add Brentford stories as time permits and below is an example for each month, use the links to see these and other items, they are in date order.
Published December 2011; last updated February 2022