Ireland in the Revolutionary Period

By James Hoyle.   British Pathé’s early newsreels represent some of the finest contemporary reporting on the Irish Easter Rising, War of Independence and Civil War. In the year of the Easter Rising’s centenary (1916-2016), it is worthwhile revisiting these timepieces of immense historical and cultural value. And to aid
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Bridge of Spies: The Real Story

By Elizabeth Bowley.   Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Bridge of Spies, tells the story of the exchange between Francis Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel. British Pathé followed this story as it happened. Here we present newsreels documenting the real story of the exchange.     Vilyam Fisher (Mark Rylance) was
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Aung San and Burma

By James Hoyle.   Myanmar goes to the polls on Sunday to elect a new Parliament and Nobel Peace Price recipient Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is expected to do well. It was Suu Kyi’s father, Aung San, who brought about the independence of
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Long Live the Queen?

By James Hoyle.     A personal opinion piece from our Website Editor.   It’s a very big day for the Queen. And whether you’re a monarchist or a staunch republican, no one can deny that this is a very historic moment for Britain generally. Elizabeth II has become a
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VE Day: Can You Spot the Queen?

By Elizabeth Bowley.   8th May marks 70 years since Victory in Europe Day, following the surrender of Nazi Germany. It was this night that the then-Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret left Buckingham Palace to go celebrate on the streets of London with the public. The Queen has described the
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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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Churchill: A Life on Film

By British Pathé Staff.   24 January 2015 marks 50 years since the death of a man who dominated 20th century politics like no other – British Prime Minister and international statesman Sir Winston Churchill. Throughout his life, British Pathé’s cameras provided the world with a unique, visual insight into his
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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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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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