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Pathé: The Summer Day

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 ‘The Summer Day 1954’ – a film examining the country’s changes over 40 years since the start of the First World War.

With this film, students could consider:

  • What is the purpose of this film?
  • What is the tone of the film?
  • What changes does it highlight?
  • Why does the film begin with the public enjoying the summer in the parks?
  • What does the Cenotaph represent?

This film could be used in conjunction with our themed collection on Fifties Britain, as a reflection on the studies of World War One and Two, as a film for Remembrance Day or film to examine social history and consider changing attitudes to major events over time.

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