British Pathe recorded Olympic diving events from day one when the athletes hurled themselves off inner city bridges or wooden seige-like constructions. As camera technology improved so did the public's understanding of one of the Olympics' most exciting sports.
Bridge over competitive water
Modern diving took off in Halle, Germany where a bridge across the River Saale was used. Traditionally it was salt boilers who took part in the event and by 1840 the German gymnastics movement formed a division that became the world's first diving association.
This still image in fact shows Dublin and is taken from our video "Diving From A Bridge"