Millions of New Pages from the United Kingdom!

If your newspaper research has taken you to the United Kingdom, you may have noticed 25 million new pages of UK content this year – with another 20 million coming over the next six months. We’ve partnered with trusted companies and publishers and have worked hard to preserve and digitize papers that chronicled historical events in British history – and perhaps your family history. We’ve added new titles to our archives and have updated some of our existing papers. Among the papers receiving updates are the Evening Standard and The Independent. These two papers, and others from the UK and worldwide, reported on the remarkable discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922.  

Lord Carnarvon: Evening Standard – November 5, 2007

In 1903, English aristocrat George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, the fifth Earl of Carnarvon and more commonly known as Lord Carnarvon, was fascinated with newly invented motor cars. He loved to race at top speed (a whopping 20 mph!) and frequently appeared before magistrates for reckless driving. While traveling in Germany, he was seriously injured in an auto accident. To aid in his recovery, doctors suggested Lord Carnarvon leave his beloved Highclere Castle (made famous in the popular television series Downton Abbey) and seek a warmer climate during England’s cold and damp winters. Lord and Lady Carnarvon began regular trips to Egypt and developed a love of Egyptian history and artifacts. While in Egypt, Lord Carnarvon met Howard Carter and discovered they both shared a love of Egyptology. Carnarvon financed Carter’s excavations, and the pair made several significant finds. Their discoveries came to a climax when on November 26, 1922, Carter unsealed the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The artifacts tantalized the world. A short time later, Lord Carnarvon died in Cairo after contracting an infection and developing pneumonia. Rumors circulated that his death resulted from the mummy’s curse, a superstition that anyone who entered an undisturbed tomb would suffer consequences.

Evening Standard – April 5, 1923
The Independent – February 16, 2011

In 1988, the sixth Earl of Carnarvon, son of the fifth Earl of Carnarvon, who helped discover King Tut’s tomb, died. His son, the seventh Earl of Carnarvon, grandson of Lord Carnarvon, who funded the original discovery, announced that he’d found 300 ancient Egyptian artifacts in hidden compartments at Highclere Castle. After his father’s death, he enlisted retired butler Robert Taylor to help compile an inventory at the castle. The butler, aware of the hidden treasure, directed Lord Carnarvon to two disguised cupboards and a sealed space between two rooms. The artifacts were displayed at the castle, and the public lined up to see the treasure.

Those tourist dollars brought financial relief to Highclere Castle, whose owners felt the pinch of steep inheritance taxes and the costs of maintaining a nearly 350-year-old mansion. The economic outlook further brightened when producers chose Highclere to film Downton Abbey, which became a global success.

You can learn more about the discovery of King Tut’s tomb and many other stories as you search our new and expanded collections of UK papers. Start searching™ today.

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13 thoughts on “Millions of New Pages from the United Kingdom!

  1. The UK papers have been a great addition!

    Again, please partner with the New York Public Library and digitize NYC’s great newspapers. Partner with Hearst to digitize the New York Evening Journal, New York American and New York Journal-American. You have done the New York Daily News, but the New York Post (the fourth-largest circulation newspaper in America) is still not fully digitized. This is a crime. The New York Mail and the New York Globe are entirely in the public domain. There are many other great NYC newspapers, such as the World-Telegram, Daily Mirror and Morning Telegraph.

    The New York Public Library building at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue is called the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Schwarzman owns the Blackstone Group, which owns and He should be made aware of the great still-undigitized treasures in the building that bears his name. Come on,!

    1. Hi Barry,
      Nice to see a familiar name posting here. I would like to see the Daily Saratogian also because of the New York City connections during the racing season. I can get some access through so that helps. I am retired now and working full-time on I hope you are well.
      Mary K. O’Donnell

    2. Amen, Barry.
      The New York Herald Tribune, which I believe is already digitized, really should be made available on The Baltimore Evening Sun, too. The Morning Sun is online, but not the evening edition, which is where H. L. Mencken published most of his immortal commentary.

  2. After reading the above article. I can say their is a curse to the statues. Over 20 years ago, King Tut statues and etc. was on tour in Dallas, Texas at the State Fair. When the tour arrived in Dallas, all of the workers quickly got to work getting everything set up. One of the workers that handled one of the statues was involved in a series auto collision. He finally pulled through and got better. But it took him months. My mom and I drove across town to the State Fair just to see it. All I can say it was something to see.

  3. I would like to see New York Herald Tribune on
    This was a great New York newspaper with a very interesting Sunday Book supplement.
    Will you please consider this request.
    Robert Page
    Sydney Australia

  4. The great Hearst papers are needed—-Los Angeles Examiner….Herald-Express….Herald-Examiner!!!

  5. Since the Independent wasn’t founded until 1986, how did it manage to report on events in 1922?

    1. With 1.88 Jigawatts (Gigawatts) of power and Mr Fusion? Note: To Quote Doc: “Mr. Fusion powers the time circuits and the Flux Capacitor, but the internal combustion engine runs on ordinary gasoline, it always has.”

    2. Quite. Impressed that Andreas Whittam Smith , The Independent’s first Editor in 1986 , managed to get a scoop with Howard Carter. Did the reporter put the trip in Dr Who’s Tardis on their expenses ?

    1. Hi Becky, click on the top “Papers” tab and then select “New & Updated.” Good luck!

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