British Movietone Digital Archives Online

Quoting from the Movietone web site: “British Movietone is arguably the world’s greatest newsreel archive, spanning the period 1895 – 1986. Shot on 35mm film, this global archive contains many of the world’s enduring images and is rich in coverage of news events, celebrities, sports, music, social history, science, lifestyle and quirky. It was the first newsreel to include sound, the first to use colour film, the first to break many exclusive stories, and is your first and last stop for newsreel footage. The collection is fully digitized and now available from AP Archive.

The web site allows the user to search:

  • ABC News
  • AP
  • AP and Partners
  • British Movietone
  • Celebrity Footage
  • SNTV Archive
  • TV-am

You can view over 10,000 hours of digitized video on the website and that number is growing every day. All of the videos may be viewed for personal use in a small video screen at no charge. Commercial use of the requires a paid license. Details may be found at

You can learn more about the British Movietone Archives at The Associated Press Archive includes all the British Movietone Archives and much more, beginning at

My thanks to newsletter reader Ernie Thode for telling me about this new online resource.

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