British Pathé releases 85,000 newsreels

Newsreel archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films to YouTube.

“Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage – not only from Britain, but from around the globe – of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, sport and culture,” says the company. “The archive is particularly strong in its coverage of the First and Second World Wars.”

It sounds like a history teacher’s dream.

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  1. PhillipMarlowe says:

    I wonder if this clip is in the pile:
    “My father Claud used to describe to triumph his successful intervention in the hugely pompous Silver Jubilee of George V’s uninspiring reign. He and a fellow conspirator studied the intended route of the procession of carriages traveling through central London. Then, attired as workmen employed by the city of London, they entered a newspaper office on Fleet Street – which was on the route – carrying a banner they announced had to be strung across the street in company with the profuse bunting already deployed. The newspaper’s staff gazed with satisfaction upon the banner’s patnotic message, ‘Long Live Our King’, and watched with pleasure as my father and his friend managed to get it hoisted over the road. On the day of the procession the crowds in Fleet Street were vast, and it was only with difficulty that the two were able to reach the string running down from the banner and round a corner into an alley. Choosing their moment by the enthusiastic bellowing of the throng, they pulled the string. After a slight pause there was a rolling howl of outrage, and they took to their heels. The banner had opened in timely fashion right in front of the royal coach, to reveal the words ’25 years of Hunger, Misery and War.’ The movie news cameras traveling right behind the coach caught the moment sstisfactorily, and it is thus preserved on film.”