Campaign success as historic Weston papers are digitised
PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 August 2017
Old copies of the Weston Mercury are starting to be digitised, two years after a town historian launched a campaign for them to be made available online.
Historian John Crockford-Hawley called for copies of the Mercury and the Weston Gazette to be digitised in 2015 as historic copies of the paper are disintegrating.
The British Newspaper Archive, in partnership with the British Library, has been digitising newspapers all over the country, but the Mercury and Gazette were not on the list to be added to the collection.
Mr Crockford-Hawley asked people to vote for the Mercury and Gazette to be added to the list – and the work is finally beginning to take place.
Copies of the Mercury currently available run from 1874-1903, although there is a three-year gap between 1896 and 1899.
Meanwhile the Gazette covers 1845-1907, but there are currently still gaps in the 1860s and 1870s.
There are plans to digitise later copies of the papers.