History KS2: How to research film archives

Many film archives used to be restricted to specialist researchers and were not available to the general public.

In recent years, this has changed and many film and newsreel archives are now widely accessible to anyone.

Presented by Joe Crowley, this is a guide to some of the richest sources of film and newsreel archives including tips on how to find the archives and use the films that they contain as a way of understanding history.

This clip is from the series History Hunt Episode 2.

Teacher Notes

After viewing the clip, pupils could visit an online film archive with strong historical content, such as the British Pathé archive.

A web search for 'UK film archives' will reveal other sources, too.

Pairs or groups of pupils could be tasked with finding out about particular subjects (such as sporting triumphs in the 1930s, or housing in the 1950s).

Ask each set of pupils to prepare a brief report, telling the rest of the class what they found out.

You could even film these reports and establish your own class film archive.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching History at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at National 2 Level in Scotland.

More from History Hunt:

An investigation into the life and work of Muriel Matters
An investigation into the life and work of Thomas Andrews
How to use archives
How to interview people
How to research archive pictures
How to research newspapers