British Pathé releases 85,000 films on YouTube

Newsreel archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to its YouTube channel. This unprecedented release of vintage news reports and cinemagazines is part of a drive to make the archive more accessible to viewers all over the world.

“Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will see these films and enjoy them,” says Alastair White, General Manager of British Pathé. “This archive is a treasure trove unrivalled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten. Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that.”

The above is fantastic news for sites like ours and the Woking Muslim Mission website as we can finally watch and share, at no cost, stunning videos from when the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement ran the Woking Mosque in the UK.

Further videos can be seen here.

Original Source: British Pathe

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  1. says

    It will be recalled that for our Woking Muslim Mission centenary convention in May 2013 we were charged £684 by British Pathe for the rights to play in public 5 clips of total duration 6 minutes and 24 seconds for just one day. They made me sign a licence agreement (on behalf of AAIIL UK) to comply with the condition of never again playing these clips in public. I had to plan how to prevent people gaining unauthorised access to the clips they had released to me. I was worried that these clips might be leaked to YouTube and British Pathe would be taking legal action against AAIIL UK.

    Well, British Pathe, you must have taken quite a lot of money from small organizations like ours to enable you to release all these now on Youtube.

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