A Rich, Proud History

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.

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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.

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Important Partnerships

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.

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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).

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22 videos

Biographies(22 videos)

Chronicles the life and work of great historical and cultural figures
157 videos

British Pathé Originals(157 videos)

Programming made in-house, from vintage releases to brand new docs
9 videos

Former Kings & Queens(9 videos)

British royals before Elizabeth II
16 videos

Life of Elizabeth II(16 videos)

From the Queen's early years to her Diamond Jubilee
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The Seventies(16 videos)

Documentaries, news items and movies showing what the 1970s were like
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Political, social and cultural life during the Swinging Sixties
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Documentaries and movies exploring the 1914-18 Great War
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Documentaries and movies covering the events of the war and life at home

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A specially-curated selection of classic feature films
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Political, social and cultural history from ancient times to the 1990s
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How To(10 videos)

Instructional videos, vintage and modern, on a host of arts and crafts
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The world at war and military machines of land, sea and air
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Videos we're especially proud of, or which are currently relevant, that we'd like to draw your attention to
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Railways(74 videos)

Historical overviews, cab rides and locomotive profiles - most never seen on TV
7 videos

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New to British Pathé TV
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Royalty(23 videos)

Queen Elizabeth II, British and European monarchies past and present