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Pathé: What A Scorcher!

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 ‘What a Scorcher!’– a film about the Summer heatwave in 1949.

With this film, students could consider:

  • What similarities and differences are there between London today and London in 1949? How has life changed in 50 years?
  • What methods of keeping cool do people attempt?
  • Why is there a section about Miami, Florida at the end?
  • If this film were made today, what would you include?

This film could be used for Media Studies exploration of early film, alongside our Focus on Film topic website

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