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  1. Millions of amazing stories are waiting to be discovered on the British Newspaper Archive.  

    The British Library's collection of histroical newspapers has papers from 1603 to the present day from Britain and further afield.  There are over 600,000 bound volumes of newspapers and over 300,000 reels of microfilm. The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership with the British Library, working to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's collection.  

    The British Newspaper Archive now holds newspapers from 1710-1954, with 10 million pages available online. 

    You can subscribe to it and get 3 Months For 2, saving you 31%.


  2. Watching the amazing Sir David Attenborough's Blue Planet II this evening and reflecting on the beauty of our seas, I thought I'd take the opportunity to tell you about a gift membership for sea lovers.

    The Marine Conservation Society UK is famous for its beach clean every September which takes place all around the UK.

    The Society is the UK's leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife.  It's been the voice of the sea for over 30 years.  It works to protect the sea for all those amazing creatures living below the waves, for our coastal environment, for everyone who makes a sustainable living from the sea and for everyone who just loves Britain's coastline.

    It has a gift membership which could be perfect for anyone who cares about sea life and Britain's coastline. 

    Give a gift membership to the Marine Conservation Society

    Members receive a range of benefits including 

    • A welcome pack containing an introduction to the MCS's work and how your support makes a difference
    • A cotton tote bag – helping you to ditch the plastic bag
    • An MCS pin badge and car sticker
    • Four editions of their exclusive members’ magazine, Marine Conservation, showcasing our amazing marine world and the conservation work you’ll be supporting
    • Discounted entry into SEA LIFE centres around the UK
    • 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors

    There are different payment options available, too.

    Click here to visit the Marine Conservation Society's website.