British Pathé: 85,000 historic videos now on YouTube

Posted on by Mike Evans

You can now watch 85,000 historic British newsreel items on YouTube, covering 80 years of world events. There are also even older examples such as this video of Queen Victoria's funeral in 1901, thought to be one of the world's first newsreels. The quality is remarkable considering the primitive equipment. Note the way in which the cameras are all fixed in position and it is up to the funeral procession to pan past in quick time. I particularly like the naval shot of what appears to be the Royal Yacht rushing past a parked ship at unfeasibly fast speed while the camera stays resolutely fixed to the spot.

There are weeks, if not months of entertainment and nostalgia on the British Pathé YouTube page. I am already addicted.

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