Archive Picks – 13 to 26 February 2018

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.

Shrove Tuesday
This year falls on 13 February. Look back at both Shrove Tuesday traditions and some classic pancake tossing clips in this collection.
Harold Wilson Becomes Labour Leader
55 years ago on 14 February. These films document his political career.
Valentine’s Day
Like it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day will be coming around again on 14 February. Why not check out some of our vintage Valentine’s clips.
Battle of Kasserine Pass
Took place 75 years ago on 14 February, as part of the Tunisia campaign. The following collection shows Tunisia in WW2.
Roosevelt Escapes Assassination Attempt
15 February will mark 85 years since the attempted assassination on the then President-elect’s life. These newsreels report on the events.
Eamon de Valera Resigns
After 16 years in power the Irish Prime Minister resigned 85 years ago on 15 February. Look back on his time in office with these clips.
Film stars from around the world will be arriving in London on 18 February for the 2018 BAFTA awards. Delve back in time with these vintage British film award clips.
Jericho Captured
21 February will mark 100 years since Allied troops captured Jericho in Palestine. Our WW1 Palestine material can be viewed here.
London Fashion Week
Will begin on 22 February. The following films show London Fashion weeks from as early as the 1930s.
Juan Manuel Fangio Kidnapped
23 February will mark 60 years since the five-time F1 champion Fangio was kidnapped in Cuba. This newsreel reports on the event.
Estonia Declares Independence
100 years ago on 24 February. Watch some of our twentieth century footage of Estonia here.
Communists Take Power in Czechoslovakia
It will be 70 years on 25 February since the Communist takeover. Watch the event with this video here.


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