About Us

British Pathé is one of the oldest media companies in the world.

Their roots lie in 1890s Paris where their founder, Charles Pathé, pioneered the development of the moving image.

They were established in London in 1902, and by 1910 were producing their famous bi-weekly newsreel the Pathé Gazette. After the First World War they started producing various Cinemagazines as well. By 1930 they were producing the Gazette, the Pathetone Weekly, the Pathé Pictorial and Eve's Film Review, covering entertainment, culture and womens' issues.

By the time Pathé finally stopped producing the cinema newsreel in 1970 they had accumulated 3500 hours of filmed history amounting to over 90,000 individual items.

Over the last 30 years this material has been used extensively around the world in television programmes, home videos, advertisments, corporate productions and, most recently, in web publishing.

Whereas all professional usages still require a licence fee we are delighted to be able to offer free "preview" facilities on this site.

If you wish to license British Pathé footage please click here for contact details.

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