British Pathe on YouTube

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British Pathe film clips are now available on YouTube!  British Pathe have made available all 85,000 of their high resolution historical films on You Tube. This provides a massive new resource bank which is available to all schools.  Some readers may remember that schools have had access to this wonderful set of resources directly from British Pathe in the past; however, due funding constraints, it was sadly lost some time ago. It is great to have them available once again and I am pleased to be able to show you some examples of these high quality films below:

In the week of the Queen’s 88th birthday this is wonderful to see – Princess Elizabeth at 21!

See St George’s Day (23rd April) mixed with Shakespeare’s birthday in 1923 – what amazing clothes!

Here are two men landing on the moon – from a whole list of Moon Landing video clips.

British Pathe on YouTube

British Pathé was once a dominant feature of the British cinema experience, renowned for first-class reporting and an informative yet uniquely entertaining style. It is now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in existence. 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. The archive is particularly strong in its coverage of the First and Second World Wars.

Other categories which may prove popular are: The War Archives, Vintage Fashions and Sporting History

“Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will see these films and enjoy them,” says Alastair White, General Manager of British Pathé. “This archive is a treasure trove unrivalled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten. Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that.”

British Pathe on YouTubeThe British Pathe Blog is also worth visiting – it groups many titles, based on the same topic, together to form sets. They are are really interesting and some are positively inspiring. A great collection to have a look at is the greetings from the trenches and also how we used to spend Christmas in the quite recent past!