The Notting Hill Race Riots

By James Hoyle.   From 29th August – early September 1958, the streets of London witnessed what Pathé News at the time rightly labelled a “shameful episode”. More than three hundred people suddenly attacked West Indian immigrants living on Bramley Road in Notting Hill, London. British Pathé produced a short
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Iraq Before Saddam

By James Hoyle.   During this time of turmoil in Iraq, it is interesting to look back at that country and its history prior to Saddam Hussein coming to power. In the British Pathé archive, there are some fascinating stories and images from that beautiful, if troubled, state. This selection
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The Wright Brothers’ First Flight

By James Hoyle.   A brief introduction to the (non-existent) British Pathé footage of the Wright Brothers’ First Flight. There has been a bit of confusion over the years regarding British Pathé’s collection of Wright Brothers footage. The famous siblings flew successfully for the first time 110 years ago this month
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Lest We Forget

By James Hoyle.   The British Pathé archive is rich in footage from twentieth century conflicts. We share some select films in the collections listed below. The First World War British Pathé holds one of the finest and most comprehensive First World War archives in the world. You will find
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Why We Wear Poppies

By James Hoyle.   The First World War was an earth-shattering global catastrophe that marked the end of the optimism of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. It was this “Great War” which first introduced the use of the red poppy (the papaver rhoeas) for the purpose of remembrance. No Man’s
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History in My Back Yard

Vast new audiences – journalists, historians, teachers and bloggers – have been actively mining the British Pathé archive since it went online in 2008. Chris Holme, of the History Company, describes how one clip has shed completely fresh light on his own backyard: At first glance, it looks as dull
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The History of Beatboxing: Rahzel Talks to British Pathe

We recently uploaded the video below onto our YouTube channel, titled “World’s First Beatboxing Champion in 1938“, in which an impeccably dressed man gives us some good spit on the Pathé Studios mic: We were then surprised to see several comments accusing us of faking the video! “Just a bunch
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The V&A finds rare, secretly recorded footage in the Pathé archive

We’re so excited here in the British Pathé archive to hear that Jane Pritchard, curator of the V&A’s recent Ballets Russes exhibition, has made such an intriguing discovery in the British Pathé film archive, announcing on her blog last week that she had identified footage of the Ballets Russes, a
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