British Pathe releases archive films on YouTube

The name British Pathe will make most people think of the classic black and white newsreels of the 1930s and 1940s, voiced in the clipped tones of a quintessentially English gentleman. Devotees of the Pathe website will already know that the company were producing films for over 80 years and that some 90,000 of those are available to view online. From newsreels which covered important, historic events to the downright weird and whacky, I’ve spent countless hours lost in the joyous world of British Pathe.

I have mentioned, and linked to several of the British Pathe films which were shot on the Norfolk Broads before, but there are many more. From the famous “Eve” series of the 1930s, aimed squarely at the female audience, featuring tranquil scenes of painting and wherry sailing on the Broads, to the innovations of the 1960s such as the Ferrocrete boats and the Flatafloats produced by Windboats of Wroxham, Pathe always set out to entertain as well as educate. Now British Pathe have started to make a substantial proportion of its footage available via their YouTube channel which means that these wonderful films can be shared by embedding them directly into other websites. This will be an absolute boon to local history websites and blogs like mine.

I don’t think I could pick a favourite British Pathe Norfolk Broads film as they all have their merits and charm, but you can view their Broads related selection on YouTube via this link. The example I’ve chosen below dates from 1962 and reports on the National Association of Youth Clubs annual trip to the Broads. Filmed largely at Salhouse, there is some wonderful footage of the wherry Albion as the youngsters prepare to set sail on a Broadland adventure. Delightful stuff!

I’ve added the Pathe selections to my playlists on the Broadland Memories YouTube Channel where you’ll also find lots of other Norfolk Broads films spanning the 1930s to the 1990s. I’ve still got some new additions of my own to edit and upload too … watch this space! In the meantime enjoy…..

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