A regional publisher will open up thousands of historic newspapers pages to readers with the launch of an online archive this month.
The KM Group has created the free online archive which features tens of thousands of pages of The South Eastern Gazette, the forerunner of the Kent Messenger Series, which were published from 1852 to 1912.
This period covers arguably the greatest period of social and industrial revolution in British history and the newspapers have been digitised thanks to a Your Heritage grant and a group of dedicated volunteers.
The volunteers spent more than 1,000 hours cataloguing, cleaning and repairing the pages.
The archive will be accessed via the Messenger’s website which was recently named News Service of the Year at the Shepherd Neame Kent Media Awards.
In 2009, the KM Group launched an online archive of its wartime stories from the Second World War.