Amy Johnson – 1930s Queen of the Air

By Victoria Spiegelberg.   Amy Johnson was a much- fêted and courageous English aviatrix. Back in the 1930s she set many ground breaking records, including being the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia. A heroine of her day, the Pathé cameras would often be waiting for Amy
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It wouldn’t be National Kissing Day without the Snogometer

Today is National Kissing Day, and so the internet is full of stories from womens magazines and cosmetics brands on the subject of kissing. Do women in Britain enjoy less kissing than women on the continent? Which waxwork dummy is kissed the most by tourists in Madame Tussauds? (Answers at
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Valentina Tereshkova – The First Woman In Space – June 16th

Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space, 1963. Named Woman of the Century in 2000 by the International Women of the Year Association, Valentina is the only woman to have carried out a solo flight into space for over 3 days, and consequently has a crater on the moon named
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Ronald Reagan Films: How The B-Movie Cowboy Became President

Long before Ronald Reagan became an emblem of 1980s world politics he was a Senator of California, and an actor before that. Reagan’s early years are naturally shadowed by his later prominence, but thankfully British Pathe were there to capture Reagan’s formative years on film. For example in this clip Ronald
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Cannibals On Film

Today’s blog post is on the unusual but fascinating subject of cannibals. This 1959 clip follows Assistant District Officer Alan Jeffries as he arrests native tribesmen of New Guinea on charges of cannibalism, following a murder enquiry. Although the initial interest in this video stems from the core subject of
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Boundless Energy: British Pathé Go Beating The Bounds

It’s Ascension day today, and do you know what that means? That’s right – it’s time to beat the bounds. ‘Beating The Bounds’ is a 2000-year-old tradition in which villagers parade around their parish beating everything with sticks, or ‘wands’ made from willow. The tradition was altered by the church
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Barking Mad

The undying glamour of Joan Collins

It was somewhat surreal to see Joan Collins pop up on our TV screens last night at the BBC’s election party as part of their live coverage. The 76 year-old actress dazzled in a silver sequined jacket as she talked about her support for David Cameron and The Conservatives. Joan
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British Pathé does the Cannes Cannes

Today Twitter has been ablaze with talk of the Cannes Film Festival 2010. The Guardian have been commenting on this year’s “strong Asian and Russian presence”, others have been losing sleep over this Icelandic plume of volcanic ash which will have a devastating effect on the turn-out to this year’s festival and therefore the entire
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Halloween Come Early: Jaunting Easter Hat Parade

A fan of British Pathé, Sam in Leamington Spa, emailed asking if we have any footage of tarantulas. We may well do, although tarantulas wouldn’t have been jotted down in the canister notes unless they were the main content, which is unlikely for a newsreel. However, this rather terrifying tarantula
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