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Pathé: Queen dials Edinburgh

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 ‘Queen Dials Edinburgh’ – a newsreel showing Queen Elizabeth II making the first long distance phone call between Bristol and Edinburgh using the subscriber trunk dialling system.

With this film, students could consider:

  • How had long-distance communications been sent before this point?
  • How did a telephone work before 1958?
  • How has technology changed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth?
  • Why did the Queen make the first phone call using this system?
  • How easy is it for us to communicate over long distance today?
  • How has this changed our society?

This film could be used in conjunction with our themed collections on Fifties Britain and Sixties Britain or as an entry point for students considering how life can change over a short or long period of time by the introduction of technology.


  1. Jean-Bernard Brisset says:

    It’s Always a great pleasure to me to view and hear your then lovely Queen

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