View newsreel of key moments in British history

A million minutes of digitised film – the largest collection of news footage to date – has been added to YouTube to create a historical treasure trove.

More than one million minutes of digitised film has been uploaded to YouTube in what has been described as the “the largest upload of historical news content on YouTube to date.”

Across the Associated Press and British Movietone’s two YouTube channels there are now more than 500,000 video stories from 1895 to the present day, featuring such gems from British history as HM the Queen’s wedding and coronation to Amelia Earhart’s visit to London after flying the Atlantic solo and George Bernard Shaw at a Malvern garden party.

The treasure trove of footage also includes coverage of British political milestones and historical moments, as well as snapshots of fashion, science and entertainment from the iconic to the bizarre.

The videos, which would take around two years to watch, represent an incredible visual journey of the people and events that have shaped our history.

And the channels will be continually refreshed with up-to-date footage, according to AP to create a “view-on-demand visual encyclopedia”.


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