More than a million pages from 19th Century British newspapers are to be put online by the British Library.

The £2m project will cover 100 years of news and images from newspapers which are out of copyright.

At the moment, anyone wanting to look at the texts needs to visit the Newspaper Library in Colindale, North London.

A searchable website with digital copies of the newspapers is expected to be ready in 18 months’ time.

Among the national papers that are expected to be digitised is The Morning Chronicle, a reformist newspaper which employed Charles Dickens as a reporter and W M Thackeray as art critic.

Another likely candidate is the Morning Post, which featured articles by Samuel Coleridge and William Wordsworth.

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