British Pathé captured many extraordinary events on film over its 80 year history but sometimes the cameras were switched on when tragedy struck. From Franz Reichelt’s death jump off the Eiffel Tower to the Hindenburg Disaster, here are 10 tragedies caught on film.
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1. Franz Reichelt’s Death Jump off the Eiffel Tower: https://goo.gl/82bpY3
2. Emily Davison (Suffragette) killed by King’s Horse at Derby: https://goo.gl/4OjbNx
3. Frank Lockhart’s fatal bid for speed record: https://goo.gl/rS2A4V
4. Hindenburg Disaster: https://goo.gl/CCCqP
5. HMS Barham Explodes and Sinks: https://goo.gl/nKwicH
6. The Farnborough Air Show Tragedy: https://goo.gl/HTmSCG
7. Le Mans Disaster: https://goo.gl/8MuozM
8. Trapped Pilot Drowns in Sinking Cockpit: https://goo.gl/M2pEHC
9. Bird Man Death Jump: https://goo.gl/JSqSVd
10. Donald Campbell Dies in Bluebird Crash: https://goo.gl/p8wYFW
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BRITISH PATHÉ’S STORY Before television, people came to movie theatres to watch the news. British Pathé was at the forefront of cinematic journalism, blending information with entertainment to popular effect. Over the course of a century, it documented everything from major armed conflicts and seismic political crises to the curious hobbies and eccentric lives of ordinary people. If it happened, British Pathé filmed it.
Now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world, British Pathé is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivalled in their historical and cultural significance.
British Pathé also represents the Reuters historical collection, which includes more than 120,000 items from the news agencies Gaumont Graphic (1910-1932), Empire News Bulletin (1926-1930), British Paramount (1931-1957), and Gaumont British (1934-1959), as well as Visnews content from 1957 to the end of 1979. All footage can be viewed on the British Pathé website. https://www.britishpathe.com/