The following information comes from Britain’s  Sky News:

British Pathé has publishes its entire archive on YouTube, making more than 85,000 rare 20th Century videos available to the public. History enthusiasts are now able to browse more than 3,500 hours of some of the most significant moments of the last century.

Although the videos were previously available on the British Pathé website, it is the first time they have been made accessible for browsing and sharing. The film archive, considered one of the finest in the world, ranges from serious historical moments to the downright bizarre.

Included in the vast release is unique footage of both World Wars, the Titantic, boxing legend Muhammed Ali and England’s glorious 1966 World Cup victory over Germany.

British Pathé says the films, which span from 1896 to 1976, cover every aspect of global culture and news.

The collection covers a myriad of social history film items about how people lived, worked and played through the 20th century.

“We decided to publish our entire archive to YouTube to ensure the maximum number of people can enjoy viewing British Pathé films.”

The YouTube channel has been set up in collaboration with the German company Mediakraft Networks, an online television network.

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