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Pathé films capture Cornwall's past
A royal visit
A royal visit to Cornwall in 1950

British Pathé has captured many world defining moments over several decades and has now put hours of film online.

The films capture the big news stories from the past as well as some unusual moments like a humorous report about a water dowser in the '50s.

The archive contains over 3,500 hours of filmed history, 90,000 news items and 12 million stills.

Pathé produced reports for cinemas until 1970.

British Pathé logo
British Pathé covered news, sport and music stories from 1896 onwards

British Pathé has now officially launched it's website:

The company is hoping that people in Cornwall will be able to identify family, friends or even themselves in the hundreds of Cornish related clips.

Preview versions of the films can by watched free of charge.

With the help of Victoria Spiegelberg of British Pathé, we've selected some of the most interesting news footage.

The oldest films stretch back to 1910. Any of the footage before 1920 is silent.

Pathé's earliest footage of Cornwall features a quaint religious ceremony on the Cornish Coast and the wreck of The 'Espiegle'. Click on the links below to watch the variety of films.


Watch the earliest available silent footage of Cornwall from 100 years ago. See beaches, shipwrecks and much more.


Pay a visit to the Lizard Lighthouse and meet the Belles of Carlyon Bay near St Austell as the enjoy the '30s summers.


See Robert Manry complete an historic voyage and the Royal family in Cornwall 50 years ago.

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