Archive Picks – 1 to 14 August 2017

Here’s our regularly-updated selection of films that may be of use to news editors and journalists in covering important anniversaries, contextualising current events or illustrating trending topics.
 

 
 
London’s Secret Underground Mail Train
 
Will soon open to the public for the very first time! This clip shows the train in action in 1948.
 
 
 
First Scouts Camp
 
1 August
will mark 110 years since the very first Scouts camp took place at Brownsea Island. Here are some vintage scouting moments from the archive.
 
 
 
Edinburgh Festival
 
Will begin this year on 4 August. Have a watch of our clips which show some previous festivals.
 
 
 
Marilyn Monroe
 
Died 55 years ago on 5 August. Look back at the iconic star with this selection of films.
 
 
 
Jamaican Independence
 
Jamaica cut ties with the UK on 6 August, 55 years ago. This newsreel shows the independence celebrations that took place, with Princess Margaret in attendance.
 
 
US Invades Guadalcanal
 
On 7 August it will be 75 years since the US Marines invaded the island of Guadalcanal during WW2. These clips take a look at the events.
 
 
 
Oliver Hardy
 
One half of the famous duo Oliver Hardy passed away 60 years ago on 7 August. View some of our Laurel and Hardy clips here.
 
 
 
PGA Championship
 
Will commence on 10 August. Why not watch some footage of previous championships from the archive.
 
 
 
China Declares War on Germany
 
100 years ago on 14 August, bringing China into the Great War. The following clip looks at China preparing to enter the war.
 
 
 
Pakistani and Indian Independence
 
14 August will mark 70 years since Pakistani independence, followed by India the next day. Our collection documents events surrounding their independence.
 
 

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