All the films have been tagged with thematic keywords, as well as places and dates, to make it easier for you or your learners to locate what you need. (For example, search 'KS3' or 'WW2')

Archive films, charting our lives and social history, represent a remarkable resource for education and engagement for all ages and a stimulant for observation and discussion.

The information below is primarily designed to help teachers in schools, but if you are using the material for independent learning, or with learners of any age in a non-school setting you will find this just as useful.

Primary teachers will find a number of films here suitable for illustrating concepts in the history schemes of work, for instance some of the earliest films might be used for ‘Victorian Britain’ and many will work for ‘Britain since 1930’. All schools in the project area (Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire) should be able to find material here for their Local History Studies.

At Secondary level and above, the material on this site is especially suitable for use in KS3 and KS4 History, Citizenship, and of course French. However we believe that many films have a wider application across the curriculum, for example in Geography or Sociology.  All the films have been tagged with thematic keywords, as well as places and dates, to make it easier for you or your learners to locate what you need.

The whole web resource is also highly suitable for use in ICT, at all levels, as a safe space for students to explore searching the internet and assessing the quality and reliability of web material.

Areas of the National Curriculum for Secondary Schools where films on this site may be especially helpful include;



  • Democracy and Justice. Films around election hustings and political visits/ speechmaking, e.g. ‘Norwich Welcomes Mr Baldwin’ .
  • Identities and Diversity: Living together in the UK. Films around subcultures and minorities, e.g. ‘Coffee bar’, Mods & Rockers



Almost all films are suitable for use in:


  • Historical Enquiry
  • Using Evidence
  • British History (g)
  • European & World History (i&j)


  • The way in which the lives, beliefs, ideas and attitudes of people in Britain have changed over time
  • Investigate aspects of personal, family or local history and how they relate to a broader historical context
  • Use ICT to research information about the past, process historical data, and select, categorise, organise and present their findings

Films of the two World Wars showing British home front life, military developments and changes to working life are especially strong where compared with and viewed alongside images of Northern France.

For instance try watching ’Roll of Honour’ alongside ‘Inauguration monument aux morts’ for a discussion of  how WW1 was remembered in the two nations, or watch ‘Blaxland Holiday To France’ filmed by a family from Norwich in 1933, followed by ‘Libération de Rouen’ filmed in 1944 to talk about the almost total destruction of that Medieval City during WW2.


  • Range of resources
  • Authentic materials

Some of the French clips have commentary and are very suitable for listening comprehension, with the visual interest helping to hold learners’ attention. The natural variation in vocabulary and pronunciation will challenge and stimulate more advanced students.


These are suggestions but we are always interested to hear how teachers are using this innovative material on the ground. If you have any experiences or ideas, or perhaps a particularly successful project you would like to share with us, we would be very glad to hear from you via the Contact Us page.