This online archive and website forms the central resource of the Teesdale Mercury Access Project (TMAP), a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. The Teesdale Mercury is one of the few remaining independent local newspapers in England. It has been published in Barnard Castle (in the heart of Teesdale, County Durham) since July 1854.
The archive has been developed by converting approximately 45,000-microfilmed pages of the Teesdale Mercury into searchable images. These images digitally preserve every page of the newspaper from its first issue in July 1855 until December 1954. The page images may be simply browsed or the page text of the complete archive can be searched for words or phrases.
The site is free to use but TMAP depends on donations from the site users to cover its on-going costs (about £1,500 pa) and the costs of digitising more volumes of the newspaper (about £12,000) – please help! Find-out how to donate.
We would be delighted to hear the results of your researches using the Teesdale Mercury Archive. Did you discover a long-lost relative, find an unexpected report, or a series of accounts which together tell a story that might otherwise not have been told?
Send us a report detailing what you were searching for and why, how you went about the search, and what exciting facts you discovered. Your account may be of any length, with or without illustrations. We will add the best accounts to the TMA webpage for others to see.