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Film is wonderful medium to capture moments in history and the mood of the time in which the film was shot. History teachers and anyone teaching social context or change should have a look at the treasure that is the old British Movietone newsreel archive Channel.

It spans the period 1895 – 1986. It is 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 happenings.

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 very exciting part is that not only is it compiled but  encourages  users to “to share our content with friends and embed onto your own websites and social media forums.” British Movietone newsreel archive Channel on YouTube .

Victorian government schools who wish to open YouTube for their staff and or students will find advice here.

I have listed some others for you to check out some more local historical archives

Australianscreen is operated by the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). The NFSA is the national audiovisual archive, collecting, preserving and sharing the nation’s moving image and recorded sound heritage.

ABC Archive – search for news events or select a date from 2003

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