Our archive contains 85,000 individual items. This staggering amount of material can prove difficult and time-consuming to wade through. So in these collections, we have grouped films by theme, location and the personalities involved. Click the links below to explore.
- War Collections
- Politics & Political Figures
- Royal Collections
- Country Profiles
- Seasonal Collections
- British Pathé Programming
WW1 – The Definitive Collection
British Pathé holds one of the finest and most comprehensive WW1 archives in the world. To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, we launched this definitive collection of films from that conflict.
America in World War I
A comprehensive collection selected by British Pathé looking at the key events both before and after America’s entry into the First World War.
Ireland: Revolutionary Period, 1916-1924
This selection of key British Pathé newsreels represents some of the finest contemporary reporting on the Irish Easter Rising, War of Independence and Civil War.
Russia: Revolution and Civil War
This selection of key British Pathé newsreels represents some of the finest contemporary reporting on the 1917 Russian revolution.
Spanish Civil War
To commemorate the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, British Pathé has launched this definitive collection of films from that conflict.
WW2: Key Events
A comprehensive collection selected by British Pathé of the key events that took place in World War Two.
World War II in France
Footage selected by British Pathé related to France during World War II.
Holocaust Memorial Day is marked on the 27th January every year. These collection of films help to remember the horrors of the Holocaust.
Created for the 70th Anniversary in 2014, this collection shows the D-Day preparations, landings and the ensuing invasion of Normandy, plus footage of the key players.
Victory in Europe Day
On 8th May 1945, the world celebrated the end of the Second World War. This film collection shows the revelry and its historical context.
Victory over Japan Day
We present the best newsreels from our collection related to the surrender of Japan and the end of World War Two.
Post-WW2 War Crimes Trials
Footage selected by British Pathé related to post-WW2 war crimes trials in Europe.
The Korean War is often referred to as “The Forgotten War”. Two and a half million people lost their lives in this conflict, including many British soldiers.
The RAF Turns 100
To celebrate 100 years of the RAF on 1st April 2018, we put together this comprehensive collection looking back at the history of the RAF.
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Politics & Political Figures
British General Elections
History provides fascinating insight into – and context for – key issues of a British General Election.
The European Union
Created in the run-up to the 2016 referendum on Britain’s continued membership of the European Union, this collection chronicles the early history of that groundbreaking international organisation.
Churchill: A Life on Film
Sir Winston Churchill dominated 20th century politics and in 2002 was named the greatest Briton of all time. During his life, British Pathé’s cameras provided the world with a unique, visual insight into his character.
First Ladies of the United States
Footage selected by British Pathé on the First Ladies of America.
El Presidente, Fidel Castro
See our workspaces marking the life of former Cuban President and revolutionary, Fidel Castro. Castro assumed power in 1959 and remained Cuban leader until stepping aside in 2008 due to ill health.
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The House of Windsor
George V changed the Royal Family’s surname from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Windsor. This collection looks back at the monarchs from the Windsor dynasty.
Footage selected by British Pathé looking at some of the European royal families.
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To commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday, British Pathé is presenting its archive material related to Canada on a single navigable page for the first time.
Footage selected by British Pathé relating to Cuba.
A look at events that have occurred in Greece during the course of the 20th century.
India and Pakistan: Independence Collection
This selection of key British Pathé newsreels represents some of the finest contemporary reporting on India and Pakistan looking at life under British rule, independence and its aftermath.
Israel and the Palestinian Territories
British Pathé has an extensive collection charting the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Northern Ireland – Troubled History
A comprehensive collection detailing life and events in Northern Ireland from 1900 to the mid-1970s.
We have compiled a selection of the finest twentieth-century reporting on Scotland. The films have been organised by topic and are presented on a single page for the first time.
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Footage selected by British Pathé surrounding European football internationals.
Rugby World Cup
Why not take a look through our archive of classic international rugby matches? Unfortunately not all participating nations feature in the archive.
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‘Tis the Season! Christmas Collection
To celebrate the season that cheers us, we have collected together our favourite Christmas-related films from the archive.
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British Pathé Programming
Dave and Dusty
Dave and Dusty is a delightful series of short films chronicling the friendship between a boy and his dog. Watch as they get into trouble and have various adventures, meeting a host of colourful characters along the way.
British Pathé’s classic “special selection for the ladies” from the 1930s covers bathing and hat fashions, hairstyles, and women’s sport.
British Pathé’s charming 1950s film magazine features glamorous premieres, interviews, quizzes, and reviews of what are now classic motion pictures. Originally shown on television.
Jerry the Troublesome Tyke
A classic animated series from the silent era, addictive due to its immense charm and wealth of humour.
News in a Nutshell
Viewing these episodes together allows the 1930s to be explored in extraordinary detail from the perspective of those who were living through it, unclouded by hindsight and dim memories.
Review of the Year
From 1922 to 1969, British Pathé produced lengthy round-ups of the year’s news stories that collected together the most dramatic images and covered the most important events.
Secrets of Nature
An educational series concerning fascinating worlds which we rarely get to see. It covers the amazing life-cycles of plants, via some stunning microscope photography, as well as the lives of many species of animals, birds, and insects.
Time to Remember
A classic TV series produced in the 1950s and 1960s using British Pathé’s unique blend of political, social, and cultural history. The series is narrated by celebrated actors, including Sir Michael Redgrave and Sir Ralph Richardson.
Travel the world through this collection of marvellous colour travelogues, from the ancient cities of Jerusalem, Rome, and Thebes, to the culturally rich capitals of Paris and Moscow, to the childish delights of Disneyland in sunny California.
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