Pathé bringing history to life for students
THOSE trying to be clever might ask if it was for this that the brave men of 1916 fought and died?
Irish school children could soon be learning their history through the newsreels of a British company.
British Pathé, which filmed in Ireland from 1900 to 1970, are in talks with the Department of Education to have their archives used in schools as a teaching tool.
Famous in Britain for their bi-weekly newsreel 'the Pathé Gazette', the film company also boasted an Irish arm and its teams captured significant moments in this country's history.
This footage may become available to Irish schools if the deal currently being negotiated is accepted.
"We're hoping that our discussions with the Department of Education in Ireland will come to fruition shortly," Alistair White, general manager of British Pathé, told the Irish Independent yesterday.
If the proposed licensing deal goes ahead, Irish schools will be able to download clips from Pathé for use in lessons.
Schools in Britain have already signed a similar licensing deal.
"Teachers might show a few clips at the start of a class to grab the imagination of pupils. That might be a teacher in Liverpool showing clips of the Blitz in Merseyside, for example," Mr White said.
"We could show Irish students real footage of the Easter Rebellion in 1916, Michael Collins working up a crowd, attacks on civil rights marchers at the start of the Troubles. We can make their history books come alive," said Mr White.
View the clips on www.britishpathe.com