May 28, 2022

Video: Moving 750 Million Pages of Print Archive to a New Home

From the BBC:

For 82 years, researchers have made the journey to Colindale in north London, the unlikely home of the British Newspaper Library, a vast collection of almost every British newspaper published in the last 300 years.

Across six floors and 50 kilometres of shelving sit not only the well-known national papers, but also a vast collection of now obscure regional titles.


On November 8 Colindale closed – and a six month project to move 750 million pages of print to its new state of the art home in Boston Spa, Yorkshire began.

From autumn 2014, the public will be able to order newspapers from Boston Spa which will then be retrieved by robotic cranes from the shelves and delivered to a new reading room at St Pancras within 48 hours.

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