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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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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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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