Looking after the world’s largest private archive of original newspapers means that we’re extremely passionate about history.
This is why we decided to pick out interesting coverage from historical dates of significance so that others could learn about the past, as it was reported at the time!
Our free teaching packs are available in order to help students discover the cause and consequence of historical events. Hard copies are currently available to schools, universities, libraries and accredited education establishments only.
There are currently three options available which include a book of compiled newspaper coverage and two packs that contain complete newspaper reprints:
BOOK: World War I
- Battle of Loos
- Gallipoli withdrawal
- London Air Raid
- War is Over
PACK 1: World War II
- Outbreak of War
- Battle of Britain
- Death of Hitler
PACK 2: Major Events
- Titanic Sunk
- Everest Climbed
- World Cup win for England
- Man on the Moon
Electronic and Hardcopies
The packs content can be downloaded as individual PDF’s, please contact us for more information.
If you would prefer hardcopies to be sent out free of charge then please contact:
Historic Newspapers and Education
A newspaper is ideal for a history lesson. Each page is filled with stories from eyewitnesses, social history detail and topics for discussion. A newspaper is an enjoyable way to help learning and engage a pupil’s curiosity and imagination. Papers allow us to relate past events to the present day and be the starting point for debate on history and its significance today.
As a history teacher you’re always on the lookout for new interactive teaching ideas. A newspaper can provide back-and-forth discussion, page-turning and head scratching in equal measure; newspapers also evoke a certain period with their coverage of the events and personalities of the day.
A newspaper offers the opportunity to promote chronological understanding, evoke a sense of period and offers a framework to discuss today’s events in an historical context.
Armed with a selection of newspapers a pupil can look at the changes and continuity across decades of British history and gain insight into the British attitude to the rest of the world, from Empire to the post-colonial period and the Commonwealth.
A newspaper will report on the cause and consequence of events in a succinct and immediate manner.
A newspaper pack is an ideal starting point for understanding how historians and others form interpretations of events.
Major news stories encourage historical enquiry and allow a pupil scope to make critical assessments and see today’s events in context.
The World War 1 and 2 newspapers can be used to discuss the changing nature of conflict, the cooperation between countries, the shift of alliances and the lasting impact of the war on national, ethnic, cultural, and religious issues.
If you’d like to see examples of how newspaper coverage has been used in order to interpret history then please visit the Historic Newspapers Blog.
Newspaper Teaching Pack Example Content
Wednesday June 7 1944
Sample Reports inside this paper:-
'What the Germans are Saying'
A report on German radio’s coverage of the landings at Calais and Boulogne
'I saw them leap to beach'
Eyewitness report: Aboard a British Destroyer off North France, Tuesday
'MONDAY D-DAY HELD UP BY WEATHER'
'The hour of destiny for Europe, and perhaps for the whole of mankind has struck...’
'The King calls for a vigil of prayer to sustain our crusade'
Biographies of the key military leaders; Eisenhower, Monty, Admiral Ramsay and Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder.
Feeling of Optimism at Headquarters.'
Please note that during busy periods like Christmas your pack may take a little longer to arrive. We also reserve the right to withdraw this offer at anytime if demand exceeds stock.