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Pathé: Concorde take off 1969

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 ‘Concorde Take-Off 1969’, a film documenting the maiden voyage of Concorde in March 1969.

With this film, students could consider:

  • What made Concorde special?
  • What problems had Concorde faced before this flight?
  • How does Concorde fit into the story of the 1960s?
  • What did Concorde promise for its passengers and for Britain?
  • Concorde was retired in 2003 after 27 years of flight. Its tickets cost 30 times the price of a regular flight on the same route, and its speeds were limited over land to prevent sonic-boom disturbance. Despite this, Concorde won  the 2006 ‘Great British Design Quest’ as the most iconic British design. What can this tell us about the dreams of the 1960s?

This video can be used in conjunction with our document collection on Sixties Britain, especially the briefing notes for the Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home on the problems with the project, ( to explore the technological boom of the decade and explore how changing lifestyles transformed Britain.

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