In 1908, following the shock eruption of Mount Vesuvius, London had to host the summer Olympics. British Pathe observed from the sidelines, cameras rolling. Here are 15 still images from what is now considered to be the first of the modern Olympic Games.
The pool for the 1908 Olympics was an infield one at White City Stadium and looked like a glorified paddling pool, built into ground of the infield. Here we can see one chap sitting rather casually on the side whilst a what we think is a water polo match takes place.
Compared to the buzz of today's Olympics Games with stadiums that are packed with assistants, trainers, physios and judicators, it is striking to see how quiet and empty the 1908 Olympics was in comparison.