In Whitehall, agriculture minister Jack Cunningham sits with his colleagues, peering over his new ministerial red boxes. Unlike the previous government, this one 'will publish any report on public health immediately it comes to us', he promises, the shiny novelty of high office not yet having worn off.

In Downing Street, the new health secretary emerges from Number 10. He talks to the waiting press of the money wasted in the 'NHS paper chase'; still waiting inside, Tessa Jowell is about to become public health minister. All this and more you may remember from last May's ITN news. And there is much more.

The ITN Archive is a treasure trove of film footage and still photographs. Did its cameras once record the visit of a minister to your hospital, interview your nurses about their pay, or film the embarrassing picket line when your trust privatised its cleaning services? If so, it's all here.

More than 70,000 hours of broadcasting made up of 14 million feet of film built up since 1955 can be found here.

A further 100 hours' worth of broadcasting is added every day. It covers the defining moments of the last half century, and the tens of thousands of hours which no one but the participants will ever recall.

Not that trivia is not memorable: who, once they had seen them, could forget ITN news tail-enders such as the spin-washed badger, the hamster with a bus pass, or going further back, the 1956 report about a cycling elephant, or the 1966 account of 23 students piling into a Mini?

The aim of the archive is to offer a service to film-makers, advertisers, multi-media types and picture researchers everywhere.

And, of course, ITN charges for its film footage and still photographs. But the search mechanism - and the scripts - are free, and a great way to while away the afternoon.