Did you know that we have over 274 years’ worth of Chester newspapers on microfilm?
Microfilm is a method of preserving and storing large amounts of printed material in the space of a small reel. It is ideal for newspapers as they are bulky to store and the newsprint paper they are printed on deteriorates rapidly.
Each page of the newspaper is painstakingly scanned and minimised down to a tiny image, and these are then printed consecutively on a reel of film. The images can later be expanded and displayed using specialised equipment, which allows users to scroll the film from page to page.
As the majority of newspapers only have online content starting in the 1990s, microfilm can be a crucial source of information that may not be able to access otherwise.
Drop in to one of our open days to learn more about our microfilm collection and how to access it. Taking place in the reading room in the Library.