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 ‘Fast and Far in the Twenties’ from the ‘Time to Remember’ series looking back at 1920s transport from the viewpoint of the 1950s.
With this film, students could consider:
What was different about air travel in 1927?
How had transport changed over the previous 100 years? Can you describe the vehicles shown in the centenary clips?
What do the roads look like? How much had changed by the time this film was made in the 1950s? How have they changed today?
What has changed about our attitudes to racing? Could we hold the horse vs car, motorbike race or Ulster grand prix in the same way today?
Why do you think so many people were trying to beat the land speed record? Are we still interested in this today?
This film clip can be used as a reflection on ‘the Twenties’ as we start the new decade, or as a view on how life has changed in the past 100 years. It can be used alongside our Twenties Britain collections, part one and part two.