Yesterday's news has become more than just wrapping for fish and chips - thanks to a new online headline archive dating back 200 years.

The service - accessed at http://newspapers.bl.uk/blcs - includes more than two million pages of newspapers from 49 national and regional titles dating from 1800.

Newspapers covered by the service include the Daily News, Manchester Times, Western Mail, Northern Echo, Glasgow Herald and Penny Illustrated.

Searches of the site are free and downloads of full-text articles are available by purchasing either a 24-hour or seven-day pass. Users can buy a 24-hour pass for 100 downloads at £6.99 or a seven-day pass for 200 downloads at £9.99. Access to The Graphic and The Penny Illustrated Paper is free.

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