Brazil!

By Elizabeth Bowley.   With the Olympics taking place in Rio this month, we thought we would delve in the archive to see what we could find on Brazil. As both Latin America’s and South America’s largest country there turned out to be quite a few interesting clips, from football
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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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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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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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Pathé’s Undersea Antics

By James Hoyle.   There’s plenty in the British Pathé archive for those not so interested in history and British politics. For those more intrigued by science and technology, British inventions both good and bad got a great deal of coverage from the Pathé cinemagazines. More specifically, there are some
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