The British Pathé company was established in 1933, an associate to French Pathé which started as a newsreel service back in 1908, and through decades and decades it captured both major and minor events on film from all over the UK and the British Empire & Commonwealth. As of last week British Pathé uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 vintage news reports and ‘cinemagazines’ to its YouTube channel, giving a vast archive of news film for future generations.
In this huge archive (over 3,500 hours of footage) are some fascinating films about Portsmouth and Southsea that are well worth a watch, including visits by royalty, the Royal Navy and Portsmouth FC. Below are are few examples, be sure to take a little time to watch more Portsmouth Pathé newsreels and also dive in to the collection as a whole on YouTube.
Navy Week in Portsmouth from 1937 with great shots of HMS Victory.
Princess Elizabeth’s visit to Portsmouth in 1951, including her visit to the Nuffield Centre (then used by the forces, now part of the University of Portsmouth).
Profile on Portsmouth FC from 1934, with incredible shots of Fratton Park.
Raw footage of Navy submarine HMS Dreadnaught out on sea trials from 1963.
Fascinating and rare footage of an air raid on Portsmouth filmed in 1941.