Historic Sports on Film

Football is football and talent is talent. But the mindset of your team makes all the difference.

— Robert Griffin III, Athlete


Our archive of exclusive footage clips is growing all the time so there is always something new to discover.

We offer free research, so please contact us if you need help sourcing anything from the archive. In the meantime, why not take a look at some highlights below?


In advance of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics we cast our eyes to the sports section of the archive.

Our Sports themed lightboxes cover a broad range of subjects – from Skiing to Surfing – as well as more typical sports. You’ll also find some unusual clips in the Weird and Wonderful lightbox, and hopefully discover some new sports on the way.

Don’t miss the starting line with sports footage at Bridgeman. Watch our new trailer showing off our winning sports footage from throughout the 20th century.

Water Sports

There’s a large range of water sports covered in our lightbox, from standard fare like swimming and diving to extreme affairs like waterskiing.




Classic moments and professionally filmed clips adorn our Olympics footage from the mid 1900’s to the present day.



Traditional English Sports

You’ll find an excellent array of different sports covered in this lightbox – especially the classics like Football.



Snow Sports

The fantastic visage enjoyed while skiing can be enjoyed through a distinctly 1970’s lense in our Snow Sports lightbox, and in full colour. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.




Weird and Wonderful

Mud wresting, sand-yacht racing and a boxing kangaroo can be found in this lightbox. You’ll never look at some sports quite the same!



Combat Sport

Wrestling and Boxing can be found here, taken part in by a variety of individuals from different cultures.




Horseriding has origins in medieval history. While our footage doesn’t stretch quite that far back, we can share our content from the 20th and 21st centuries.



Motor Sports

High-speed cars race around the track in this lightbox – from contemporary sports racers to old-fashioned automobiles.



Sport Photography throughout History

If it’s stills photography you’re after, look no further. On occasion, a still photograph can afford one more detail than a clip or animation. Enjoy these beautifully composed images.




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