A Mountain of a Film Archive

Last week, newsreel archive British Pathé 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.”

British Pathé was once a dominant feature of the British cinema experience, renowned for first-class reporting and an informative yet uniquely entertaining style. It is now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in existence. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage from around the globe – of major events, famous faces, travel, sport and culture.

We selected a few mountain- and outdoor-oriented clips below:

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Czechoslovakian Snow Sports:

Rocky Mountain Rescue Banff:

Wonders of Canada 1969:

Bear Mountain:

Defence Mountain:

Mountain Rescue Reels:

Mountain Climbing School: