With the Olympics taking place in Rio this month, we thought we would delve in the archive to see what we could find on Brazil. As both Latin America’s and South America’s largest country there turned out to be quite a few interesting clips, from football to carnival to Copacabana
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Leicester City: Champions of England

By Elizabeth Bowley.   Leicester City have won the Premier League – and with two matches to spare! For the first time in the club’s 132-year history, Leicester City have become England’s champions. After escaping relegation last season, they have climbed their way to the top of the table, only
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Roberta Cowell

By Elizabeth Bowley.   Following our recent blog post on The Danish Girl, we discovered that we have another early transgender pioneer in the archive – Roberta Cowell, Britain’s very first transsexual woman to undergo gender reassignment surgery.     Born Robert Marshall Cowell, Roberta had a keen interest in
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Dalton Trumbo and the Hollywood Blacklist

By Elizabeth Bowley.   Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, tells the story of Dalton Trumbo and the Hollywood blacklist. The film demonstrates how fears surrounding the Cold War and communism managed to penetrate all aspects of society, including the filmmaking industry. Trumbo highlights the barbarity of the blacklist and the damaging
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Ireland in the Revolutionary Period

By James Hoyle.   British Pathé’s early newsreels represent some of the finest contemporary reporting on the Irish Easter Rising, War of Independence and Civil War. In the year of the Easter Rising’s centenary (1916-2016), it is worthwhile revisiting these timepieces of immense historical and cultural value. And to aid
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The Danish Girl

By Elizabeth Bowley.   The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne, tells the story of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. The film is a fictionalised account of Gerda and Einar Wegener’s relationship and Einar’s transition into Lili. In the last few years, issues facing
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Howard Hughes

By Elizabeth Bowley.   To celebrate Howard Hughes’ birthday on Christmas Eve we thought we’d provide you with some interesting facts about the fascinating life of the aviator, director and recluse that was Howard Hughes.     Hughes set many world records as an aviator, including a new record for
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Bridge of Spies: The Real Story

By Elizabeth Bowley.   Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Bridge of Spies, tells the story of the exchange between Francis Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel. British Pathé followed this story as it happened. Here we present newsreels documenting the real story of the exchange.     Vilyam Fisher (Mark Rylance) was
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Aung San and Burma

By James Hoyle.   Myanmar goes to the polls on Sunday to elect a new Parliament and Nobel Peace Price recipient Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is expected to do well. It was Suu Kyi’s father, Aung San, who brought about the independence of
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Playboy to Stop Publishing Pictures of Naked Women

By Elizabeth Bowley.   As part of a redesign Playboy is to abandon nudity in its magazines. So if you were reading the magazine for the articles anyway, there is no need to panic! Playboy reached its sales peak in 1972, selling a whopping 7.2 million copies. But now sales
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