The Barbados Mercury and Bridgetown Gazette

The Barbados Mercury and Bridgetown Gazette ​was ​printed​ ​bi-weekly​ ​in​ ​Barbados. The Department of​ ​Archives holds ​the​ ​most​ ​complete​ ​set​ ​of​ ​volumes​ ​of​ ​​The Gazette (20 volumes covering 28 years between 1783-1848).

Digitization

Digitization of the Gazette was conducted between July-November 2018, funded through an Endangered Archives Programme grant through the support of the British Library and the Arcadia Fund. Three​ ​sets​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​images​ ​were​ ​produced: ​ ​one​ ​set is preserved at​ ​the​ ​Barbados Archives, one​ ​set​ ​was​ ​sent​ ​to​ ​the​ ​British​ ​Library​, ​and​ ​one​ ​set​ ​was sent​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Digital​ ​Library​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Caribbean​. You can read more about the process here and here.

Accessing and using The Mercury online

You can access The Mercury in two ways:

  1. Through the Endangered Archives Programme interface:
    • Click on https://eap.bl.uk/project/EAP1086
    • Find the button that says “View Archives from this project”
    • When you are in, look at the navigation bar on the left and click
      • Either on “Collection” (this will allow you to see all available years). By clicking on the year, you can again click on “View Archives from this collection,” and this will allow to see all issues by ascending chronological order.
      • Or click on “File” and this will bring you to all available issues in ascending order. Click through pages to find the one you want.
    • The site contains information on the whole collection or on each individual volume (information on extent, missing issues, etc.).
  2. Through the Digital Library of the Caribbean interface as follows:
    • You can access the newspaper in two ways:
      • Go to the Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library in dLOC: http://dloc.com/cndl. Write Barbados Mercury in the search box and then click on the item when it comes up.
      • Alternatively, you can use The Mercury’s distinct item number to access it and click here http://dloc.com/AA00047511/00001. This will bring you to the “item” itself.
    • Once you are in The Mercury:
      • Click on “Description” to read the description of the newspaper
      • Click on “All Volumes” to see a drop-down tree of all available years. By clicking on the “plus” sign, you can find the month and date you want, and access that issue.
      • If you click on the image, you can zoom in and out, and toggle full page too.
      • You can always return to “All volumes” if you lose your place.
      • You have also the option to print, email or share particular page(s).
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