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Borders Newspapers to be Digitised for WWI Centenary

 
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Merseman



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:37 pm    Post subject: Borders Newspapers to be Digitised for WWI Centenary Reply with quote

In today's "Berwickshire News" is an article announcing Borders council is 1 of 7 authorities to share a £100k pot from the government's PLQIM fund
intended to commemorate WWI. Our share is to be used to digitise 3 local papers: Berwickshire Advertiser, Southern Reporter, Kelso Chroncile.

Won't be of direct use for memorial unveilings as it will presumably end in 1918 or 1919, but it should still be a very useful resource for finding more information about individuals.


Some other council recipients mentioned here:
http://www.scottishlibraries.org/news/
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Lindsay



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Southern Reporter is already being digitised in the British Newspaper archive project - also available on Findmypast. The run is not yet complete but they do have full holdings for 1914-1916, 1918, half 1920 and 1921-1927.
http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/search/results?newspaperTitle=Southern%20Reporter

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DerekR
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A welcome development.

But also annoying that the National Library of Scotland don't have the Southern available online. Rolling Eyes
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Merseman



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Project must have been completed as I helped the Museums Service mount a WWI exhibition in Duns Library during the autumn, and they had made-up laminated information sheets with articles taken from the papers. I've never seen anything in the library or the local press about public access.

However, the BNA must have been digitising the Berwickshire News and the Southern Reporter anyway... unless the projects were somehow connected... as they have recently made both those papers plus the Hawick News available, although nothing from the Kelso Chronicle. Seems a bit of waste, if two sets of people were doing the same thing, but maybe there was some coordination.


Anyway the BNA has recently expanded to provide good Borders newspaper coverage, namely:

Berwickshire News - weekly 1901 > 1955
(plus 12 years worth from 1870s to 1890s)

Southern Reporter - weekly 1858 > 1945 (except 1931)

Hawick News - weekly 1904 and 1909 > 1944 (except 1911, 1925 & 1937)


Hopefully the gaps will soon be filled-in too.

As you would expect the OCR/search is often pretty poor, but overall a great resource.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Borders Newspapers to be Digitised for WWI Centenary Reply with quote

Merseman wrote:
In today's "Berwickshire News" is an article announcing Borders council is 1 of 7 authorities to share a £100k pot from the government's PLQIM fund
intended to commemorate WWI. Our share is to be used to digitise 3 local papers: Berwickshire Advertiser, Southern Reporter, Kelso Chroncile.

After a period of being available in libraries on portable hard-drives this has now gone live on the main SBC Libraries computer system itself, although it can't be accessed at home unfortunately... Having read the system guide in my local library, it seems they've been indexed in some form.

http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/info/428/archives/1457/view_local_newspapers_from_the_great_war_1914-1918

A new digital newspaper resource available to access in every library across the Scottish Borders, with news from from the Great War period, 1914-1918 from publications:
•Berwickshire Advertiser
•Kelso Chronicle
•Peeblesshire Advertiser
•Southern Reporter



BNA remains convenient way to consult Southern Reporter, Hawick News or Berwickshire News but this makes the Kelso Chronicle, Peeblesshire Advertiser and Berwickshire Advertiser available.
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Adam Brown
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is very good news as local papers can contain some vital information for identifying names.

Thanks for sharing it.

Adam
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