A Rich, Proud History
British Pathé was once a dominant feature of the British cinema experience. Before the advent of television, millions around the globe came to movie theatres for their weekly dose of filmed news. The birth of this phenomenon took place when renowned French filmmaker Charles Pathé came to London in 1910 to introduce an innovative medium to British audiences – the cinema newsreel.
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Over the course of a century, British Pathé reported on everything from armed conflicts and seismic political crises to the curious hobbies and eccentric lives of ordinary British people. In so doing, the organisation set the benchmark for cinematic journalism, blending information and entertainment with unmatched success and influencing whole generations of Britons.
Historical - and Historic - Films
Now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world, British Pathé is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivalled in historical and cultural significance. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1978, the collection includes footage from around the globe of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, science and culture. It is an invaluable resource for broadcasters, documentary producers and archive researchers worldwide.
British Pathé represents the Reuters historical collection, which includes more than 136,000 items from Reuters-owned news agencies. All footage can be viewed on the main British Pathé website.
British Pathé has also worked extensively with the best in the business, such as the BBC, producing excellent original long-form content to add to its newsreel archive.
A British Pathé for the 21st Century
In 2018, British Pathé launched its online on-demand service “British Pathé TV”. Created as an alternative to the mainstream broadcast channels and aiming to appeal to specialist audiences – such as history buffs, royal watchers, cinema aficionados and train enthusiasts, among many other groups – it is designed to complement the existing British Pathé newsreel archive (which remains free-to-view on the main British Pathé website).