Category: History

Get your history heads on: we’re diving into Greek and Roman mythology! Gigantomachy is most typically defined as the battle that took place between the titans (or giants) and the gods, and appears multiple times throughout classical Roman and Greek art, architecture and literature. One of the most famous depictions of gigantomachy appears on the frieze of the Permagon Altar, the altar of a temple…

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Space Travel & Tech: Archive Footage

Posted by Published on November 14, 2019

“The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.” — Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, pioneer of Astronautic Theory Animals In Space Laika, the famous first dog in space is shown in both black and white and colour footage, and her two successors Belka and Streka are shown before and after their return from space. On The Moon Earlier this year in…

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Remembering Paul Klee (1879-1940)

Posted by Published on November 11, 2019

The 29th June 2020 marks eighty years since the death of Paul Klee, one of the most important artists and innovators of the 20th century. His in-depth study of colour has been highly influential and his methods in abstraction can be seen in the likes of both Rothko and Miró. During his time teaching at the Bauhaus school alongside Kandinsky, he was known as the…

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Temples, Tombs & Masks: Egyptology on Film

Posted by Published on November 4, 2019

“…As my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold – everywhere the glint of gold…” — Howard Carter, The Tomb of Tutankhamun 20th Century Egypt Ancient Egyptian culture has fascinated us for centuries, and its mysteries will continue to intrigue experts for years to come. The study of Egypt is fascinating:…

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Colours of Autumn: In Footage

Posted by Published on October 30, 2019

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”— Albert Camus There’s a noticeable chill in the air, the orange leaves are falling and Halloween is coming up: Autumn is here! As this cosiest of seasons begins, dive into our archive of historic and contemporary autumn-inspired footage. From lakes and parks at the peak of the season to a London night out with roasted chestnuts, we’re in the spirit…

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Observed annually in the US (February) and the UK (October), Black History Month remembers the pivotal events and pioneering individuals of the world’s African diaspora. This year, we’re looking at individuals who fought for what was right – often when the odds were against them. Bridgeman’s historical footage archive documents African-American civil rights campaigners, as well as communities and artists from throughout the 20th century….

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Are you ready for fright night? Halloween is approaching and so is a fresh crop of scary movies, including a new adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, new imaginings of The Grudge and Halloween – proving the appetite for the macabre that we seem to have isn’t going away! Surprisingly, many of the elements in horror films share similar stylistic tricks to those in Gothic literature,…

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Germany: Historic Moments on Film

Posted by Published on September 16, 2019

“In the face of the economic plight, it is our task to become pioneers of simplicity…to find a simple form for all of life’s necessities, which is at the same time respectable and genuine.” — Oskar Schlemmer, Artist This week we look to Germany for our Footage archive highlights, as we celebrate 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany became re-unified.  …

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Celebrating 150 Years Since Gandhi’s Birth

Posted by Published on September 13, 2019

On October 2nd, we’ll be celebrating 150 years since Mohandas Gandhi’s birth. The Indian lawyer, politician, and social activist was the leader of anti-colonial resistance against the British rule, and is largely considered the father (or “Bapu”) of the Indian nation. We had a look at photographs from some of the most pivotal points in his life. Gandhi arrived in South Africa in 1893 for his…

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Remembering Carlos Cruz-Diez (1923-2019)

Posted by Published on September 5, 2019

Graduating from the School of Fine Arts in Caracas, Carlos Cruz-Diez started out as a social realist painter drawing attention to the political conditions of the working class. His paintings sold well, but he found them too conventional in method and questioned their ability to bring about real social change. In his own words, ‘telling somebody they are poor doesn’t mean you are solving their…

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