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Pathé film and photo archive shows Dorset's past
Thomas Hardy's funeral in Stinsford, 1928
Thomas Hardy's funeral in Stinsford, 1928

Footage from Dorset's 20th Century history have been made available to the public by a historical film and photography archive company.

British Pathé holds thousands of items of material, and its oldest Dorset footage shows Weymouth in 1910.

The archive has now been placed online and includes material that was not thought to exist such as the funerals of Thomas Hardy and Lawrence of Arabia.

The organisation is hoping people may recognise relatives in the images.

Portland bridge is demolished in 1928

Victoria Spiegelberg from British Pathé said: "We have been updating our website and we've realised that a lot of people don't realise these films are here.

"We want people to know they are here and they are free to view."

"We are also keen to hear from local people who find films that have incorrect or unknown canister notes attached to them.

"If people can shed more light on the films, we would be delighted to hear from them."

Other Dorset film found in the archive include the demolition of a bridge in Portland in 1928, a German submarine on display in Poole during World War I, and of the Sidon submarine disaster in Portland, when 13 people died in 1955.

Pathé history

Winston Churchill in Moreton in 1935
Winston Churchill in Moreton in 1935

Pathé was established in Paris in the 1890s and is named after company founder Charles Pathé.

From 1928, film with sound was introduced, and by 1930 British Pathé were covering news, entertainment, sport and culture.

By the time Pathé stopped producing cinema newsreels in 1970, they had accumulated an assortment of footage including the Titanic in Belfast, Queen Victoria's funeral, the Hindenburg disaster, Elvis Presley and Albert Einstein.

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

You can look for places or names using the search engine on the British Pathé website.

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