Saturday, 6 October 2007

The Links Effect

I start looking for information to help students in a project about Victorians, and find some useful sites:

The National Library of Scotland is great, and I've looked at their maps on many an occasion, but they also have "The Word on the Street"
The National Library of Scotland's online collection of nearly 1,800 broadsides
lets you see for yourself what 'the word on the street' was in Scotland between
1650 and 1910. Crime, politics, romance, emigration, humour, tragedy, royalty
and superstitions - all these and more are here.

Who could resist such an introduction? Not I.
To find out what else is in their growing digital library, click here.

Of course, I can't write about broadsheets without mentioning the Illustrated London News, Conan Doyle published his Sherlock Holmes stories in it, and their reporters roamed the globe for stories. They don't have a complete archive, but enough to whet the appetite.

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