Explore these sample recordings. The clips, a small proportion of the material we hold, give a flavour of the collections preserved at WFSA; from special occasions to oral history, music, dance, local radio programmes, appeals, and other historic sounds.
Our collections range from 1890 to the present day and highlights include historical figures such as Florence Nightingale and Winston Churchill.
Churchill's response on receiving the Freedom of the City of Portsmouth on 11 December 1950 at the South Parade Pier Ballroom, Southsea, Portsmouth.
Listen to Winston Churchill 57kb wma
Transcript: 'You've said, my Lord Mayor, many things about me which, as I have to say on these occasions when I go to receive Freedoms of this kind, many things about me which no man ought to hear 'till he's dead!' (laughter from audience)
AV123/1 Original recording made by Alan Brown on gramophone discs
Speaking at an evening banquet after receiving the Freedom of the City of Portsmouth on 11 December 1950 at the South Parade Pier Ballroom, Southsea, Portsmouth.
Listen to Winston Churchill 46kb wma
Transcript 'Portsmouth is the main cradle of the Royal Navy. Well do I know all that there is here that's seen you in days of stress and storm, and also in what used to be called "the Piping Times of Peace".'
AV123/1 - Original recording made by Alan Brown on gramophone discs
Ian Hay talks to John Nowood about class distinction in angling
Listen to Ian Hay 44kb wma
Transcript: John Norwood: '…there tends to be a certain amount of class distinction among fishermen?'
Ian Hay: 'No, I don't think so. I must say, there used to be, certainly. Uhh, usually the higher classes did the fly fishing and the lower classes did the coarse fishing and the sea fishing.'
AV6/M56 Recorded 10 October 1972 by John Norwood, Keeper of Folklife, Hampshire Museums Service as part of a series on Hampshire craftspeople.
Listen to Winchester Morris Men 71kb wma
A dance in progress (sounds of a fiddle playing a tune, the clash of sticks in the air, the stomping of feet on the wooden floor of the school hall, and bell-pads ringing as the Morris Men dance to the rhythm of the music) - Winchester Morris Men performing at Stanmore School, Winchester on 14 March 1973
AV6/M88 Recorded 10 October 1972 by John Norwood, Keeper of Folklife, Hampshire Museums Service
Margaret Rule explains how the search for the Mary Rose began
Listen to Margaret Rule 50kb wma
Transcript: (atmospheric music heard before and during the talking) 'Well, it goes right the way back to 1965, when Alexander McKee, a local author and an amateur diver got together a group of divers from the Southsea branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club to investigate historic wrecks in the Solent, among them the Mary Rose.'
AV1/VR2 'Mary Rose' - programme of interviews ina Radio Victory programme called 'Victory Report' about the raising of Henry VIII's ship 'Mary Rose' from seabed near Southsea, the formation of Mary Rose Trust and provision of final home for the ship. Presented by Guy Payne
Sound recording of a special appeal made by the Lord Mayor of London, Sir William Treloar in 1907, asking for more donations for his new hospital at Alton, Hampshire.
Listen to Sir William Treloar 48kb wma
Transcript: 'Ladies and gentlemen, I am glad to be able to avail myself of this wonderful invention [meaning the Gramophone] to speak a few words to a wider public than my own voice can ordinarily reach, on behalf of those little crippled children whose cause is so dear to me.'
AV90/10 Original recording on gramophone disc
Harold Dyer talks about the low wages earned when he started as a 'rewind boy' in the 1930s (a 'rewind boy' would rewind the cinema films back on to their reels once the shows were over, amongst other 'lowly' jobs).
Listen to Harold Dyer 53kb wma
Transcript: '…the wages in those days was not good - the rewind boy, normal rewind boy, if he was lucky he'd get, uh, just 12 bob a week. And then the third operator, who was usually a chap between 18 and 21, his wages would be about 30 bob a week'. (a 'bob' was slang for one shilling in pre-decimal coinage)
Oral history recording by David Lee, 19 January 1989 for Wessex Film and Sound Archive, of Harold Dyer's memories concerning his work as a cinema projectionist in the South Hampshire area from the 1930s on
Part of the song encouraging the people of Farnborough, Hampshire to give money for the 'war effort' in World War II to help make weapons.
Listen to the Farnborough War Weapons Week song 63kb wma
Transcript: 'Sing a song of sixpence, time we made a start Farnborough is waiting for us all to play our part "Lend to Defend" says the writing on the wall We've got some cash - well, you needn't spend it all…'
AV54/2 Souvenir Record by HE Roberts, played by the band of the 12th Lancers
Florence Nightingale remembers 'dear old comrades at Balaclava' in a very short recording made just to capture her voice for posterity. She lived and died at West Wellow, Hampshire.
Listen to Florence Nightingale 110kb pdf
Transcript: Edison employee: 'At Florence Nightingale House, July the thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety.'
Florence Nightingale: 'When I am no longer even a memory, just a name, I hope my voice may perpetuate the great work of my life. God bless my dear old comrades at Balaclava, and bring them safe to shore. Florence Nightingale.'
AV121/1 Recorded on wax cylinder in London 30 July 1890
Churchill receiving the Freedom of the City of Portsmouth on 11 December 1950 at the South Parade Pier Ballroom, Southsea, Portsmouth.