May 28, 2022

Cool! World History: British Pathé Releases Film Archive (85,000 Videos) On YouTube

Approximately 85,000 videos (digitized newsreels, film documentaries, and cinemagazines) chronicling world history from 1910-1976. As you’ll read the material has been online for years but now can be aeasily shared, embedded, commented on, etc. via YouTube.

From the MediaKraft Blog:

Students, scholars, teachers, journalists and everyone interested in contemporary history will be able to view, share and embed roughly 3,500 hours of high resolution historic videos.


In what is one of the largest history projects in online video ever, British Pathé and Mediakraft Networks will roll out almost the entire British Pathé archive on YouTube. Viewers from around the world will be able to watch and re-experience some the most significant historical moments and personalities of the 20th century.

The archive contains unique footage from both World Wars, the Titanic, boxing legend Muhammed Ali and more.

The material also paints vivid pictures of almost forgotten lifestyles, peculiar technical inventions and everyday life that British Pathé presented in newsreels, cinemagazines, and documentaries from 1910 until 1976.

[Our emphasis] While the British Pathé archive is available online via their own website,, going public on YouTube will create a new user experience.

Viewers can comment, share and embed the historic videos and thereby add another dimension of context to the British Pathé archive.

Direct to British Pathé Archive on YouTube

Note: The British Pathé site offers an advanced interface to find video material. If needed, consider using this interface in combination with YouTube to access the actual material.

From the British Pathé Archive: Titanic Disaster – Genuine Footage

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.