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Wessex Film and Sound Archive

Portsmouth Life

1. Bailey Film

Amateur film footage showing Portsmouth Guildhall, the War Memorial, Victoria Park and Southsea Rock Gardens in around 1925.
Stoll Bailey; c1925; B/W; silent

2. Eastney Beach

Amateur film of holidaymakers.
Mrs E Fritchley; 1928; B/W; silent

3. Portsdown Hill Fair

The traditional Easter Fair on the slopes of Portsdown.
Mrs E Fritchley; 1930; B/W; silent

4. Portsmouth Point, etc

Garrison Church and other scenes in around 1930.
Mrs E Fritchley; c1930; B/W; silent

5. Camber Docks

A rare colour sequence depicting Camber Docks in c 1930.
Clifford Worley; c1930; Colour; silent

6. Street Scenes

City life in Portsmouth and Southsea during the 1930s.
Clifford Worley; c1934; B/W; silent

7. PIMCO Fire

Amateur footage of the fire at PiMCOs central premises on 20 July 1934.
Clifford Worley; 1934; B/W; silent

8. PIMCO Building Works

The building of Co-Operative House in Fratton Road,1935-1937.
PIMCO; 1935-7; B/W & Colour; silent

9. Portsmouth Airport

The "Flying Flea".
E S Shotter; c1935; B/W; silent

10. Wymering Motor Cycle Races

Thrills and spills on Wymering grass track.
E S Shotter; c1935; B/W; silent

11. Portsmouth Grammar School sports

Sports Day on the Grammar School playing fields at Hilsea in the 1930s.
E S Shotter, c1935; B/W; silent

12. Portsmouth Grammar School cross-country

A gruelling race over Portsdown Hill and back to Hilsea.
A S Clover and E S Shotter; c1935; B/W; silent

13. Silver Jubilee Celebrations in Portsmouth

the city celebrates the Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935.
E S Shotter; 1935; B/W; silent

14. King George in Cosham

Arrival by train of George V in July 1935.
Mrs E Fritchley; 1935; B/W; silent

15. A Review of Modern Brewery Practice

Professional film showing the brewery of Long & Co. at Southsea in the late 1920s.
Producer unknown; 1920s; B/W; silent


1. Untitled Worley Film (extracts)

Amateur film footage including a visit to Portsmouth by King Edward VIII in June 1936.
Clifford Worley; 1936-9; B/W; silent

2. Newsreel 1936 (extracts)

Amateur newsreel showing local events around the South in 1936.
C A Russell & Ken Craigie; 1936; B/W; silent

3. Untitled Worley Film (extracts)

Colour footage of one of Southseas last trams.
Clifford Worley; 1936-9; Colour; silent

4. The Portsmouth Coronation Celebrations and Royal Naval Review at Spithead

Amateur film showing the 1937 festivities in Portsmouth.
Clifford Worley and Portsmouth Cine Club; 1937; Colour; silent

5. London to Portsmouth Rail Electrification

Amateur footage of the first electric train from London.
Clifford Worley; 1937; B/W; silent

6. The Way to the Sea

Southern Railway documentary, celebrating the electrification of the London to Portsmouth line (and much more of local history interest), including music by Benjamin Britten and closing commentary by W H Auden.
Southem Railway Film Unit; 1937; B/W; sound

7. The Southsea Review

Portsmouth Cine Clubs record of events in Portsmouth during 1938.
Portsmouth Cine Club; 1938; B/W & Colour; silent

8. Untitled Worley Film (extracts)

Silent footage of the Royal Family leaving Portsmouth for their 1939 tour of North America.
Clifford Worley; 1939; B/W; silent


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