100-year collection of 85,000 historic films now on youtube

This is quite extraordinary if you are the sort of person for whom history is of interest. The above video of the Rolling Stones arriving in Sydney in 1965 is one example out of 85,000 newsreels that have now been made available on Youtube. This is the full story found in Variety under the heading, British Pathé Uploads Entire 85,000-Film Archive to YouTube in HD:

British Pathé, the U.K. newsreel archive company, has uploaded its entire 100-year collection of 85,000 historic films in high resolution to YouTube.

The collection, which spans 1896 to 1976, comprises some 3,500 hours of historical footage of major events, notable figures, fashion, travel, sports and culture. It includes extensive film from both World War I and World War II.

“Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will see these films and enjoy them,” British Pathé GM Alastair White said in a statement. “This archive is a treasure trove unrivaled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten. Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that.”

Personalities captured in the newsreels include Princess Diana, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Fidel Castro, John Lennon, Salvador Dali, Mother Teresa, Muhammad Ali and Charlie Chaplin. British Pathé already makes numerous clips available on its website free for personal use, and it licenses the archive to TV and film producers and other companies and organizations.

This is the link to the entire collection.

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21 Responses to 100-year collection of 85,000 historic films now on youtube

  1. Rabz

    The collection, which spans 1896 to 1976, comprises some 3,500 hours of historical footage of major events, notable figures, fashion, travel, sports and culture.

    Woo-Hoo!

    Time to do some digging.

  2. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “The above video of the Rolling Stones arriving in Sydney in 1965 is one example …”

    That photo of the Rolling Stones reminds me of a similar photo of the Beatles arriving in Sydney in about ’65 and being puzzled that my three year older sister was getting all weepy and hysterical and waving from the airport waiting room at strangers from England … at a time when more purposeful – vital! – pursuits dominated, such as perfecting the engagement in the scrum and, as loose head, learning to scoop the ball from the half back’s hands with my outside leg.

    Dopey sheilas getting emotional about pop songs by skinny, pasty white, p00fy pommies seemed so utterly pointless then, as did sheilas generally. :)

  3. Aussieute

    Some colour photos of Rusdia from early last century
    No colour photography then?

    Find out how

  4. Fred Furkenburger

    Thanks C.L. Now I am going to have to wash my eyes out with soap and water!!!

  5. Jessie

    Thanks for that Steve,

    A little further along from 1976 here is an un-notable figure recently placed on youtube.
    1984 Geoff McDonald Red Over Black

  6. Jessie

    Aussieute,
    Fabulous, thank you for posting a link to these 1910 colour photos of life in Russia.

  7. Palmerston

    I remember that 1965 Stones tour, we were staying in the same accommodation during the Melbourne stage (the then John Batman Motor Inn). There was a huge group of screaming girls out the front, we common guests were given special passes to get in. One day in the foyer Keith Richards chatted up my then 17 year old sister and invited her up to a party in one of the Stone’s rooms on the top floor. She refused, no doubt just as well given what was said by the cleaning staff about the state of those rooms in the mornings.

  8. hzhousewife

    What a marvellous resource ! Thank you !

  9. brennan

    Wow, extraordinarily generous of them to make it public. I can see myself spending many hours there.

  10. stackja

    Steve thank you for the reminder. But did not someone else have a link in on another fred earlier?

  11. Splatacrobat

    How refreshing to watch news that report fact instead of opinion. News should be just that. News information
    Can you imagine sitting in a movie theatre in 1939 and watching a newsreel entitled “The Drum” where 1939 versions of David Marr, Jonathan Green and Waleed Aly mused over the practical simplicity of the Molotov -Ribbentrop pact and the implications for Australia.

  12. stackja

    https://archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22Newsreels%22
    “Newsreels” downloads
    For example: https://archive.org/details/NewsMaga1957_2
    Newsreel stories reformatted for classroom presentation.
    This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
    Producer: Warner-Pathe News
    Sponsor: N/A
    Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
    Keywords: Newsreels
    Creative Commons license: Public Domain

  13. ProEng

    Interesting collection. Downloaded the video of Boer War. The first part shows horsemen wearing slouch hats. Would be interested if anyone knows where it is. The Store in the background has a name something like H W Warthan but could not find that with a google search. Is the place in Australia (maybe Sydney ?) or in South Africa such as Capetown? It does not look like England but I could be wrong.
    Worth knowing with ANZAC day coming up.

  14. In 2002, partially funded by the UK National Lottery, the entire archive was digitised.

    and

    Of all money spent on National Lottery games, 50% goes to the prize fund, 28% to ‘good causes’ as set out by Parliament (though some of this is considered by some to be a stealth tax[2] levied to support the Big Lottery Fund, a fund constituted to support public spending[3])

    Three cheers for government and taxes!

  15. ProEng

    I think I have fund it. I think the words are W H Markham which was a clothing and fashion store in Johannesburg SA and I think it is still there http://johannesburg1912.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/markhams-clock/
    The riders must have been Aussie’s

  16. stackja

    ProEng
    #1275125, posted on April 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm
    Interesting collection. Downloaded the video of Boer War. The first part shows horsemen wearing slouch hats. Would be interested if anyone knows where it is. The Store in the background has a name something like H W Warthan but could not find that with a google search. Is the place in Australia (maybe Sydney ?) or in South Africa such as Capetown? It does not look like England but I could be wrong.
    Worth knowing with ANZAC day coming up.

    My guess is H.W. Markham

    The H.W. Markham of the Markham stores in Southern Africa, was Henry William Markham who m. Emily Jacob.
    http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/SOUTH-AFRICA/2012-06/1340062400

  17. egg_

    Been waiting for the original full resolution version on youtube.

    8,000 miles in 8 hours.

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