Archive Picks – 16 to 29 January 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.
 

 
 
The Darkest Hour
 
Is now in cinemas, with Gary Oldman taking on the role of Churchill at the precipice of WWII. Watch the real Churchill with these clips.
 
 
 
The U.S. Embassy
 
London’s new U.S. Embassy will be opening today in South London. The embassy had previously been located in Grosvenor Square for 68 years, which these films show.
 
 
Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate Wed
 
50 years ago on 20 January. Look back at their wedding day with this newsreel.
 
 
 
 
Explorers Meet at the South Pole
 
It will be 60 years on 20 January since the British and New Zealand teams met up whilst attempting to cross the Antarctic. These films relate to their achievement.
 
 
Audrey Hepburn
 
20 January will mark 25 years since the death of Audrey Hepburn. Check out some vintage clips of the star here.
 
 
 
Lyndon B. Johnson
 
The former American president died 45 years ago on 22 January. Delve back in time to when he was president.
 
 
 
Ukraine Declares Independence
 
From Russia 100 years ago on 26 January. Our collection on 20th century Ukraine can be viewed here.
 
 
 
Paris Peace Accords Signed
 
45 years ago 27 January, ending the Vietnam War. This archive material reports on the Vietnam War.
 
 
 
Holocaust Memorial Day
 
Takes place on 27 January remembering those who suffered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The following collection looks at the horrors of the Holocaust.
 
 
Field Marshal Haig
 
Died 90 years ago on 29 January. Watch our very early film footage of him here.
 
 

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