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Hi, Piecesofuk! You and I participated in an AfD discussion a few months ago, during which I saw that you have access to the British Newspaper Archive. I'm in an AfD discussion right now (for the French 1960s singer Ronnie Bird). I was wondering if I could trouble you to look for coverage of Bird, especially in his most active 1960s period, in the British Newspaper Archive. I think there may have been a significant amount of coverage of him in the UK (and probably more than I've found in the US) as he sang in English quite a lot. If you can't, no worries, I just thought I'd ask because I don't know anyone else who has access to it. Thanks and have a great day! --DiamondRemley39 (talk) 15:47, 30 July 2020 (UTC)

Hi DiamondRemley39, I've found nothing in the British Newspaper Archive, there are matches for a cricketer and a footballer but not a singer. I did a search on the British Library's catalogue and only came up with one match, a 2012 compilation album [1]http://explore.bl.uk/BLVU1:LSCOP-ALL:BLLSA7564175 from that I would guess he didn't release anything in the UK in the 1960s. The only other match I found was a couple of videos on Europeana. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Piecesofuk (talk) 16:33, 30 July 2020 (UTC)
Thanks so much for looking so quickly. Anything is helpful--even finding nothing in the British Newspaper Archive is good to know. I'll look into the other things you've found. I so appreciate your looking. Would you mind if I contact you again to investigate things like this that are beyond my reach as they come up? DiamondRemley39 (talk) 16:41, 30 July 2020 (UTC)
yes that's okay, my British Newspaper Archive subscription expires soon so unless I get a decent discount on the renewal I won't have access to that (apart from at the library) Piecesofuk (talk) 17:00, 30 July 2020 (UTC)
Ok, thanks!! DiamondRemley39 (talk) 17:20, 30 July 2020 (UTC)
  • I just created an article for actor/writer/possibly film pioneer(?) Lewis Sealy (sometimes spelled Sealey or Sealee). It's almost a stub as of right now. There's plenty more about him out there, but I'm overwhelmed at everything I'm seeing in newspapers.com because he was in so many different productions. I'm wondering if British Newspaper Archive would have more coverage of him since so much of his career was over there. If you feel like looking and letting me know anything interesting you find or adding it to the article, that'd be swell. Peace! DiamondRemley39 (talk) 22:39, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
Hi, I noticed he had a Wikidata item Lewis Sealy (Q73983160) so I've linked that to his Wikipedia page, it has a link to a useful biography at [2]https://www.victorian-cinema.net/sealy, I've also included a link to his FamilySearch record on Wikidata (worth registering an account there if you haven't already). I'll have a look through the British Newspaper Archive to see if I can find anything else notable about him. Have you used Chronicling America's newspaper archive? Piecesofuk (talk) 08:23, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
I see you have access to the Era on newspaper.com, a good search would be "lewis sealy cinematoscope". I found this through this book The Beginnings Of The Cinema In England,1894-1901: Volume 2: 1897 on Google books Piecesofuk (talk) 09:20, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
  • Thanks for your detailed and thorough contribution to the Lt-Col Stansfeld AfD. In particular, you made good use of the BNA to find coverage of the subject. I'd like to get access to this too but the subscription seems expensive for occasional use. It appears that access is free at the British Library but that one has to go to St Pancras to do this. They are open again now and I like the place but it's still inconvenient to make a journey just to make such a search.
So, to get the benefit of your experience, please advise how you access the BNA. Do you have access at a library, pay for a subscription or what?
Andrew🐉(talk) 10:46, 12 August 2021 (UTC)
Hi Andrew, I have an annual paid subscription. They have recently released about a million pages for free if you register, unfortunately none of those relate to Stansfeld, I think the free pages are from the 19th century. It's worth checking with your local library as a number do offer unlimited access to the BNA within the library, I've used that method in the past. Piecesofuk (talk) 11:40, 12 August 2021 (UTC)
Thanks for the advice. I often work on antiquarian topics so I'll try registering and see how it goes. Andrew🐉(talk) 11:54, 12 August 2021 (UTC)
A few more things: Find My Past has access to all the BNA newspapers, so if your local library has a subscription to that if might be worth checking out, at the moment, due to the pandemic, I can I access all the newspapers for free at home via a library login, not sure how long that will last though. Also have you tried applying for access to Newspapers.com and NewspaperARCHIVE.com via the Wikipedia Library https://wikipedialibrary.wmflabs.org/users/my_library/ they do have quite a few British newspapers. Piecesofuk (talk) 12:14, 12 August 2021 (UTC)

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