Archive Picks

Here’s our regularly-updated selection of films that may be of use to news editors and journalists in covering important anniversaries, contextualising current events or illustrating trending topics.

Page last updated 10/04/2018 15:39


The Grand National
The annual horse racing event held at Aintree racecourse falls this year on 14 April. Take a look at some very early film footage of the famous event.
Violent Student Protests in Berlin
14 April will mark 50 years since the event. British Pathé was there reporting on the drama as it unfolded.
British Forced to Evacuate Passchendaele and Messines
100 years ago on 15 April. Won by the Allies just 5 months earlier this collection looks at Passchendaele and Messines.
Queen Elizabeth Launches the Britannia
65 years ago on 16 April, The Queen launched the Royal Yacht. The Britannia was in service for 43 years, watch the launch here.
Spike Milligan Born
Author and comedian Spike Milligan was born 100 years ago on 15 April. This video shows Milligan in a comedic sketch from 1947.
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Begins
The act of Jewish resistance occurred 75 years ago on 19 April. These newsreels show Poland during WW2.
Enoch Powell Makes his ‘Rivers of Blood’ Speech
20 April will mark 50 years since the speech. It caused a political storm and Powell was dismissed from the Conservative shadow cabinet. We have the following videos on Powell.
Queen Elizabeth Turns 92
On 21 April The Queen will be celebrating her 92nd birthday! These highlights from our archive detail her role, her dedication and her family life.
Red Baron Killed in Action
The German flying ace was killed by Allied fire 100 years ago on 21 April. These clips look at Baron von Richtofen.
London Marathon
We also have the London Marathon taking place on 22 April. Look back at previous marathons to and from London.

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