550,000 Historic News Clips Now Free On Youtube


The Associated Press and British Movietone, one of the world's most comprehensive newsreel archives, are together bringing more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube. Showcasing the moments, people and events that shape the world, it will be the largest upload of historical news content on the platform to date.

The two channels will act as a view-on-demand visual encyclopedia, offering a unique perspective on the most significant moments of modern history. Available for all to explore, the channels will also be powerful educational tools and a source of inspiration for history enthusiasts.

The YouTube channels will include more than 550,000 video stories dating from 1895 to the present day. For example, you can see video from the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, exclusive footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Marilyn Monroe captured on film in London in the 1950s and Twiggy modeling the fashions of the 1960s.

To start browsing, head to https://www.youtube.com/c/britishmovietone

My thanks to Lex Davidson for telling me about this handy resource.

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Good history websites are hard to find so I'm glad to see these archives being made available. Some clips have no sound and others are too short to provide any meaningful historical context but there are still enough good segments to make this video library worthwhile.