Revd Charles Burney (1757-1817) was a busy chap. Not content with being a busy priest and schoolmaster, he spent much of his time and money gathering together a vast array of books, newspapers and news pamphlets. The whole collection was bought for the nation by the British Museum in 1817, and is now held at the British Library – where, happily, it has recently been digitised for our enjoyment. It is quite a resource, being described as “the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media”, and can be accessed using your Derbyshire library card right here: http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/online_information/infotrac/default.asp
I offer three possible uses of this database, having had a go at searching for Derbyshire place names. Here is the first: you could use the Burney collection for researching the history of a property or a landed estate. To prove it, here is a notice from the Public Advertiser (London), from 31 March 1775:
I will blog another couple of these later in the week.