And now the Scotsman

The Scotsman

I should have spotted this one before now. The first UK national newspaper to make its archive publicly available (as opposed to The Times, which is only available to institutional subscribers) was not The Guardian, but The Scotsman. At you can access every issue of the paper 1817-1950. Searching is free and gives you the headlines. To view the full article you need to take out a subscription: a 24 hour pass is £7.95, a 48-hour pass £12.95, a weekly pass £19.95, and so on. Not cheap, but the search system is a good one, and the results promising: over 1,000 hits for the word ‘cinematograph’ between 1895 and 1930, for example.

I’ll do a round up soon of all these online newspaper archives of relevance to silent film research.

Granny gets an MRI

Granny gets an MRI

Granny gets an MRI, from

Well, this is a little different. Clay County Medical Center, a 25-bed American hospital, has entered a contest to win a new $800,000 magnetic resonance imaging system (MRI). The competition is by public vote on a website, and CCMC has contributed a silent film spoof, Granny gets an MRI. No, it isn’t very good, but it has oddness on its side. To catch a sight of it, and who knows maybe vote for it, go to and type in ‘granny’ into the search box. It’s currently lying third…