CULTURE Secretary Sajid Javid has officially opened the British Library Newsroom, a £33m programme that has moved the UK’s 300-year-old national newspaper archive to a purpose built storage facility at Boston Spa, near Leeds.
For more than 80 years, researchers have been going to Colindale, north London, to view the 60 million issues of newspapers. But the collection is now being moved to Yorkshire, where it will be stored in temperature and humidity-controlled storage rooms and made available for viewing at St Pancras, central London.
The British Library is also working with publishers to digitise 40 million pages of newspapers over 10 years.
A British Library spokesman said: “This is the first Reading Room to open at the British Library in nearly a decade and will transform the way we research local, regional and national history; offering access to microfilm and digital newspaper collections alongside thousands of hours of broadcast news.”