Happy Birthday to the British Pathe Digital Archive!
Two years ago, Chris wrote this great introduction: British Pathe Develops Huge Historic Picture Archive, of the newly digitized archive of British Pathe newsreel content.
British Pathe is offering free access to a digitized collection of more than 12 million historic photographs from its 20th century cinema newsreel archive. Archivists and technicians at ITN, which now operates the British Pathe library, have created the images by re-scanning the newsreel’s 3,500 hours of 35 millimeter film. Images are displayed as a “storyboard” of thumbnails. Since the images were digitized from motion pictures, a full page of thumbnails represents about 50 seconds of material from a video clip…The site offers free search and preview storyboards for anyone to view. To save a preview image, simply right click it and save it to your hard drive. Preview files display a large copyright notice, but can be used for personal or educational purposes. Enhanced high resolution versions of the images are also available for web publishing and use in power point presentations for a fee.
So, Happy 2nd Birthday to all involved. Here are a few stats about how things have been going in the first two years:
- 15 million page views, and the average visit lasts nearly 11 minutes
- In total there have been around 750,000 clips viewed for free, and tens of thousands downloaded by the public and for use in schools and education.
- In addition to the 3,500 hours of digital moving images, there are 12 million stills taken from the British Pathe archives.
If you’ve never visited the British Pathe archive, it’s more than worthy of your time, attention, and use.