AP and British Movietone Release One Million Minutes of Historic Videos


Recently the Associated Press and British Movietone, two of the world’s largest newsreel archives, uploaded over one million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube. This incorporates about 550,000 video stories dating from 1895 to the present day. Alwyn Lindsey, AP’s director of international archive said: “The AP archive footage, combined with the British Movietone collection, creates an incredible visual journey of the people and events that have shaped our history.” Among this massive treasure trove of newsreels one may view footage of the Titanic leaving Belfast Lough in 1912; the bombing of Pearl Harbor; V E Day in London, 1945; futuristic and outlandish fashions for brides from 1966; broadcast of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, 1990; as well as thousands of other news stories, both serious and light. One may search for footage through Youtube itself or through the Associated Press and British Movietone own YouTube channels.