Archive Picks

Here’s our regularly-updated selection of films that may be of use to news editors and journalists in covering important anniversaries, contextualising current events or illustrating trending topics.

Page last updated 24/04/2018 14:54
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The Windrush Generation
 
With the ongoing dispute over the citizenship rights of those who migrated to Britain as part of the ‘Windrush Generation’, use our historic films to look back at their arrival.
 
 
Air Strikes on Syria
 
In the wake of the UK, US, and France launching air strikes on Syria, take a look back at Syrian History with our archive.
 
 
 
‘Peace May Yet Be Preserved’
 
Speaking in reference to the rapidly developing Cold War, Winston Churchill stated that ‘Peace May Yet Be Preserved’ in 1949, if countries were willing to engage in diplomacy.
 
 
Millicent Fawcett Statue Unveiling
 
On 24 April, a statue to the prominent suffragette Millicent Fawcett is to be unveiled in Parliament Square. Take a look back at the Women’s Suffrage Campaign in our archive.
 
 
The Easter Rising
 
24 April also marks the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Look back on this defining event in Irish History with this archive collection.
 
 
 
ANZAC Day
 
ANZAC Day is marked on 25 April, commemorating the failed 1915 Gallipoli Campaign. Learn more or watch bygone commemoration ceremonies in our archive.
 
 
The Geneva Conference
 
Partitioning Vietnam into North and South along the 17th Parallel, the 1954 Geneva Conference, convened on April 26, marks the prelude to the Vietnam War. Watch historic films of the conference in our archive.
 
 
Wembley Stadium Opened
 
28 April will mark 95 years since the opening of Wembley Stadium. Take a look behind the scenes at the construction and maintenance of the stadium with this archive collection.
 
 
Hitler’s Suicide and The Fall of Berlin
 
On 30 April 1945, Hitler committed suicide, with German forces later surrendering to the Allies on 2 May, marking the Fall of Berlin and the end of World War Two.
 
 
The U2 Incident
 
1 May marks the anniversary of the 1960 U2 Incident. Explore this diplomatic flashpoint of the Cold War with our archive selection.
 
 
 
Empire State Building Dedicated
 
The Empire State Building was also dedicated on 1 May in 1931, opening its doors to views of New York at 1453ft! Take a look at the iconic building in our archive.
 
 
RMS Lusitania Torpedoed
 
On 7 May 1915, the RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-Boat, killing 128 U.S. Citizens aboard. It is considered pivotal in motivating the U.S.’s later decision to enter WW1 in 1917. These clips look at the liner and the disaster.
 
 
 

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