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British Newspaper Archive launched online

29 November 2011 Last updated at 06:55 GMT

An ambitious project to digitise every newspaper, periodical and journal ever printed in Britain has launched, making more than a million pages of pre-1900 newspapers available to readers online.

The British Newspaper Archive will allow readers to search by date, title and keyword, and will include material previously only available at the British Library.

The project aims to build to four million digitised pages over the next two years, and to 40 million pages over the next decade.