The archive — which covers from 1896 to 1976 – is a truly goldmine of footage, containing shots of the most significant moments of the last 100 years. It’s a treasure trove for film freaks, culture nerds and history maniacs across the globe. In Pathé’s golden playlist “A Day That Shook the World,” which traces an Anglo-centric history of the 20th Century, you will find clips of the bombing of Hiroshima, Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon and footage of Queen Victoria’s funeral. There’s, also, a footage of the shocking Hindenburg crash and the magic moment of Wright Brothers’ first flight . Turning points of the global history like Hitler’s first speech upon becoming the German Chancellor in 1933 and the eventual Pearl Harbor attack in December 1941 (above) are also part of the enormous collection of British Pathé.
However, the really fascinating part of the archive is watching all the ephemera from the 20th Century, the stuff that narrate the past and makes history alive – the weird hairstyles, the way a city street looked, the breathtakingly casual sexism and racism. For example, the documentary below, from 1967, describes the wonders to be found in the vintaged beauty Virginia.