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Pathé: ‘Britain Warms Up’ (1947)

The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom.

This month’s clip is titled ‘Britain Warms Up’ (1947), a light-hearted report on a 1947 summer heat wave in London that reached over 86°F (30°C).

With this film, students could consider:

  • What tone does this report take?
  • How does this report differ from reports on heat waves in the UK today?
  • How much importance is placed on the science behind the heat wave?
  • What does this report tell you about life in London in 1947?

Learn more about life in Britain during this period with our ‘Attlee’s Britain 1945-1951’ themed collection.

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