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Explore over 200 years of history and access hundreds of historic newspapers from all over Britain and Ireland – FREE through your library.

This exciting archive can support users researching a wide variety of topics – from family histories to worldwide diplomatic relations! Whether you’re a history buff, genealogist or sports fan, there are resources to cover all interests.

To access The British Newspaper Archive you will need to register (don’t worry it’s free) from a South Ayrshire Library computer. To find out more about this fantastic resource visit your local library.


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Quadrangle. 1969. © K.M. Andrew.

The Library at the Ayr Campus of the University of the West of Scotland has an archive of almost 900 photographs of Craigie College of Education staff and student activities. The pictures were taken between 1964 and 1978 and include shots of new student intakes, classroom and social situations, college theatrical productions and much more. Do you recognise anyone in the photographs? Are you in the photographs? View these fascinating images to see how the college looked when it first opened in 1964 as a teacher-training college and get an insight into the life of students and staff who studied and worked there in the mid 1960s to late 1970s.

Students who graduated from Craigie College are automatically members of UWS’s Alumni Association so, whether or not you are in the photos, if you qualified from Craigie any time from 1964 onwards then please do register your details with the Alumni Association.

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Carnegie Library Local History department having a good clean

The staff from the Carnegie Library’s Local History Department have been very busy cleaning and preserving the newspaper archive which is extensive to say the least. This is an ongoing project which will take quite a few months if not well into next year to complete. The papers have to be cleaned and then boxed up and labelled in order to better preserve the original copies. Protective clothing and masks have been worn when dealing with the older bound volumes which have mould and dust on the bindings. The basement area below the Non-Fiction lending department is also being cleaned and shelving rearranged to accommodate the newspapers once they have been boxed.

The local newspapers are available to view on microfilm/fiche in the Local History Library with the earliest paper dating back to 1803.

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