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Decades of newspaper archives offered to readers as daily reveals office move

A regional daily is giving away books and newspaper archives dating back decades as it prepares to move to a new office.

The Oxford Mail has announced it is leaving its current Osney Mead headquarters for a new office nearby on the same industrial estate.

Ahead of the move, due to take place this summer, the Mail has launched a giveaway of dozens of books in its library.

A set of large volumes containing decades’ worth of pages from the Banbury Cake paper over the years is also on offer.

Mail news editor Pete Hughes with some of the archived newspapers

Mail news editor Pete Hughes with some of the archived newspapers

Some of the archive material from the Mail’s library is moving to the Oxfordshire History Centre.

The remainder will stay in an archive room on Osney Mead, where it will continue to be used by the Mail’s reporters and other journalists.

In a message to readers, Mail editor Pete Gavan said: “There are some really great books in this collection.

“Some of them have seen better days, and are a little tattered, others are in mint condition, but whatever condition they are in, we would love to give all of these books go to a good home.

“We don’t want any payment, so if you are interested, please just get in touch.”

The Mail is due to move offices later this summer.