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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70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz was the largest of the Nazi extermination camps. This distressing footage was taken after the 322nd Rifle Division of the Red Army liberated the camp in Poland on January 27, 1945. The official death toll for this camp alone was 1.1million. Also, International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on
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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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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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