Before television, people came to movie theatres to watch the news. The British Pathé website hosts the very best of pioneering video journalism.

British Pathé is considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world. Spanning the years from 1896-1978, its collections include footage from around the globe of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, science, and culture. It is an invaluable resource for broadcasters, documentary producers, museum curators, and researchers worldwide. The entire archive of 85,000 films is available to view for free on the British Pathé website while licences can be acquired for other uses.

British Pathé also represents content from partner organisations, such as Reuters' historical collection, which includes more than 130,000 items dating from 1910 to the end of 1984.

British Pathé represents Reuters' historical collection, which includes more than 130,000 items from Reuters-owned collections dating from 1910–1984. All of the footage can be viewed on the British Pathé website.

Reuters, the world’s largest international news agency, employs 2,500 journalists in 200 locations delivering news in 16 different languages. Known around the globe for speed, accuracy and fairness, Reuters provides insight, depth and understanding to more than a billion people every day. Website: www.reuters.com/newsagency


The British Pathé archive

  • Pathé News (1910-1970)

    Launched as Pathé's Animated Gazette, the company's regular newsreel kept a nation and empire informed for six decades.

  • Eve's Film Review (1921-1933)

    Tailored to women, these cinemagazines offered a weekly exploration of female achievements, fashions and interests.

  • Review of the Year (1922-1969)

    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.

  • Jerry the Troublesome Tyke (1925-1926)

    A classic animated series from the silent era, addictive due to its immense charm and wealth of humour.

  • Pathétone Weekly (1930-1941)

    A weekly look at the light-hearted and interesting. These were the 'semi-news' stories that didn't change the world but nonetheless captivated and amused.

  • Pathé Sound Pictorial (1931-1936)

    The introduction of sound to British Pathé's output added immediacy and reality to its productions, despite the limitations of early technology.

  • Feminine Pictorialities (1935-1936)

    British Pathé's classic "special selection for the ladies" from the 1930s covers bathing and hat fashions, hairstyles, and women's sport.

  • Pathé New Pictorial (1936-1946)

    Music dance numbers, comedy and magic acts, as well as stories showing the quirkier side of life, entertained audiences in the 30s and 40s.

  • Dave & Dusty (1946-1949)

    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.

  • Travelogues (1950-1969)

    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.

  • Pathé Colour Pictorial (1955-1969)

    These full colour cinemagazines are a gold mine of social history, fashion, and technological progress.

  • Film Fanfare (1956-1957)

    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.

  • Time to Remember (1959)

    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.

Reuters' historical collection

  • Gaumont Graphic (1910-1932)

    A silent-era newsreel which ran from 1910-1932 and gave coverage to sporting events, city scenes and travelogues. Perfect for those historical vistas and snapshots of the past!

  • Empire News Bulletin (1926-1930)

    Shown every Monday and Thursday in cinemas between 1926 and 1930, workers at the Bulletin strove hard to create up-to-date newsreels on global events and foreign affairs, but particularly on issues concerning Britain.

  • British Paramount (1931-1957)

    One of the first major sound newsreels, British Paramount used new technology to bring the news to life like never before between 1931 and 1957.

  • Gaumont British (1934-1959)

    Running from 1934 to 1959, Gaumont British specialised in documentaries and was British Pathé’s competitor in current and exciting news film.

  • Visnews (1957-1984)

    Supplying news to over 400 broadcasters at its peak, Visnews had a monopoly on television news images filmed outside the UK. You can view Visnews content from 1957-1984 on the British Pathé website.


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