Archive Picks – 27 February to 12 March 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.
 

 
 
Snow Causes Disruption Around the UK
 
Icy temperatures have affected roads, rails and schools across the UK. This archive collection shows previous problems caused by the snow.
 
 
 
The Reichstag Fire
 
27 February will mark 85 years since an arson attack on the Reichstag building just 1 month after Hitler became Chancellor. These newsreels report on events.
 
 
 
Charlie Chaplin’s Body Stolen
 
From his grave in Switzerland 40 years ago on 2 March. These clips show the iconic film star.
 
 
 
Battle of the Bismarck Sea
 
Began 75 years ago on 2 March. The battle saw US and Australian air forces attack a Japanese convoy. This film documents the attack.
 
 
 
The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
 
On 3 March, 100 years ago, Russia signed the treaty ending their involvement in the war with Germany. This clip reports on the signing.
 
 
 
The Oscars
 
The 90th Academy Awards will be held on 4 March, so why not check out some of our vintage Oscars collection?
 
 
 
FDR Inaugurated
 
President Roosevelt was inaugurated 85 years ago on 4 March. Watch the event here.
 
 
 
The Death of Stalin
 
Joseph Stalin died in Moscow 65 years ago on 5 March, with Malenkov succeeding him the next day. The following films show the reaction to his death.
 
 
 
First Gloster Meteor UK Flight
 
Took place 75 years ago on 5 March. Instrumental during WW2 and beyond, this collection looks at the jet fighter.
 
 
 
The Hula-Hoop is Patented
 
The hip-swivelling toy was patented 55 years ago on 5 March, becoming a huge craze. Watch our vintage hula-hoop clips here.
 
 
 
International Women’s Day
 
Will be celebrated on 8 March. Here is our collection put together specially for International Women’s Day.
 
 
 
Crufts
 
Britain’s famous dog show will begin on 8 March. With footage of the competition from as early as the 1920s take a look at our material.
 
 
 
Frankenstein Published
 
It will be 200 years on 11 March since Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was first published. Watch Peter Cushing on the set of the film Frankenstein Created Woman.
 
 
Mother’s Day
 
This year it falls on 11 March. Enjoy some vintage Mother’s Day celebrations with the following clips.
 
 
 
Mauritius Becomes Independent
 
From the UK 50 years ago on 12 March. Watch footage from our archive on Mauritius, including their independence celebrations.
 
 
 
Austria Annexed by Germany
 
12 March will mark 80 years since the Austrian Anschluss. Delve back in time to witness the events here.
 
 

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