Oyster fishing in Cancale, Brittany: 1948

This archive film from British Pathé shows French oyster fishermen preparing boats and making sail. We see the fishermen tipping oysters onto the deck and sorting them before returning to Cancale where they unload their catch.

Created at the beginning of the 20th Century by the Pathé brothers, the newsreel was the world’s first televised news platform. Pioneering the technology and methods of cinema, British Pathé stayed at the forefront of filmed news for decades. Releasing three newsreels a week during that period, British Pathé was the way the people of Britain experienced world events until the advent of television.