www.thegazette.co.uk - opening up 350 years of UK history

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From 30 October 2013 millions of permanently recorded notices, published by authority in The Gazette, are more accessible and easily searchable than ever before through the beta website www.thegazette.co.uk. Underpinned by state of the art technology, The Gazette has been digitally transformed.

For almost 350 years one newspaper has officially charted the UK’s history. From recording the Great Plague to the news of Wellington’s victory; from the military exploits of Churchill to the birth of Prince George of Cambridge; from the recipient of the very first Victory Cross to Gary Barlow’s OBE, they’re all officially announced and recorded in one place – The Gazette.

The Gazette (The London, Edinburgh & Belfast Gazettes, published by TSO (The Stationery Office) under the superintendence of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO), part of The National Archives) has even been mentioned in the literature of such diverse figures as Lord Byron and Charles Dickens, who referred to people as ‘being gazetted’ or ‘being in the gazette’.

Now The Gazette’s unrivalled treasure trove of trusted information, published by authority, is more accessible and easily searchable than ever before through its beta website (www.thegazette.co.uk). The Gazette brings together the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes into one website. Whether looking for the military exploits of your long lost uncle, reading the official announcement of Wellington’s victory at Waterloo or piecing together despatches from the Boer war, or even searching for transport and other public notices in your local area – they can all be found quickly and easily in The Gazette. What’s more, searches can be saved, alerts set up, and news shared with friends and family through social sharing tools.

A multi-faceted resource

Underpinned by state of the art technology, The Gazette has been digitally transformed, and given a complete rebrand to refresh its image. The new beta website is divided into individual services for key customer groups, with news and other useful resources, such as checklists or help guides to direct users to information specifically of interest to them.

Containing millions of notices that have been permanently recorded, and with over 200,000 added each year, the information in The Gazette, is used on a daily basis by a wide range of people and organisations, including genealogists, historians, banks and legal professionals, and members of the general public. On The Gazette beta website, users can now set up “MyGazette” personalised accounts, where they can save their searches and favourite notices. Users can also share notices through email or social media platforms – meaning they can tell all their friends and family about the exploits, adventures and awards of loved ones at a click of a button!

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"This new look, integrated service has been shaped by users and will be a key element of capturing official information in a digital age. The beta website provides an enhanced and more effective way of communicating the accuracy, currency and authority of the collected public notices that make up The Gazette." - Carol Tullo, Director of Information Policy and Services, The National Archives

“Transforming The Gazette in to a modern digital service is critical to ensuring its relevance to our customers today. The Gazette is a unique service, providing an authoritative and trusted source of public information that is free and open to everyone to use for both personal and business purposes. This is a very exciting time for The Gazette, this technological leap signifies the direction of its future and we encourage people to explore the beta website, share and re-use its data and realise the benefits of this unique resource.”– Holly Ellis - Business Manager, The Gazette

 

Notes for editors

The Gazette brings together the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes into one website. The London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes are the official journals of record in which official and statutory notices are published. In addition, a number of specialist supplements provide information from appointment of officers in the armed forces through to unclaimed premium bond prizes and the Queen’s Honours. The London Gazette has been continuously published since 1665, making it one of the oldest surviving newspapers in the English language. The London Gazette is published daily, the Edinburgh Gazette twice a week and the Belfast Gazette weekly. TSO (The Stationery Office) secured a five year contract to deliver The Gazette in November 2012. For further information, interviews and images, contact: holly.ellis@tso.co.uk

About The National Archives

For the record, for good…The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). As the official archive of the UK government and England and Wales, we look after and make available to the public a collection of historical records dating back over 1,000 years, including records as diverse as Domesday Book and MI5 files.

Our 21st-century role is to collect and secure the future of the record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible as possible. We do this by devising technological solutions to ensure the long-term survival of public records and working to widen access to our collection. The National Archives also advises on information management across government, publishes all UK legislation, manages Crown copyright and leads the archive sector. We work to promote and improve access to public sector information and its re-use.

www.nationalarchives.gov.uk   www.legislation.gov.uk