May 18, 2022

View Online: British Council Completes Digitization Project Featuring Documentary Films About Britain Shot During 1930s and 1940s

From The British Council:

In the 1940s, here at the British Council we made a unique Collection of short documentary films in order to tell a story about Britain then.


During the 1940s, the British Council was charged to promote an idea of ‘Britain and British-ness’ by becoming an enthusiastic commissioner of over 120 documentary films designed to showcase Britain to the rest of the world. We’ve been posting the films online over the last few years and they’ve been seen by millions of people worldwide, who have enjoyed a fascinating snapshot of Britain – its industry, its landscapes and its people – in a very particular point in time.

Today, we’re delighted to complete the Collection by adding the final 25 films online.

Read the Complete Announcement

From the BBC:

[The films] were produced in the early years of the British Council to showcase the best of the UK to audiences in embassies, consulates and classrooms around the world.

View Films Online

See Also: British Pathé Releases Film Archive (85,000 Videos) On YouTube (April 15, 2014)

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