By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

July 23, 2015 | 2 min read

The Associated Press and British Movietone have brought more than one million minutes of digitised film footage to YouTube to relive the top moments of history captured to film.

Two channels will act as a view-on-demand visual encyclopedia, for inspiration for history enthusiasts and documentary filmmakers to explore, each categorised into handy sectors.

Released today (Wednesday 22 July), the library features more than 550,000 video stories dating from 1895 to the present day, to mention a few exclusive footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Marilyn Monroe in London in the 1950s and Twiggy modeling the fashions of the 1960s.

Alwyn Lindsey, AP director of international archive, said: “The AP archive footage, combined with the British Movietone collection, creates an incredible visual journey of the people and events that have shaped our history.

“At AP we are always astonished at the sheer breadth of footage that we have access to, and the upload to YouTube means that, for the first time, the public can enjoy some of the oldest and most remarkable moments in history.”

Stephen Nuttall, EMEA director of YouTube, added: “Making this content available on YouTube is a wonderful initiative from AP and British Movietone that will breathe new life into their footage and no doubt delight our global community - from students researching history projects to curious culture-vultures and the billions in between.

“It's a historical treasure trove that will give YouTube users around the world a moving window into the past and I can't wait to explore it.”

Catch top historic moments on the APArchive and BritishMovietone YouTube channels by hitting the respective links.

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