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Wessex Film and Sound Archive

Wessex Film and Sound Archive collections

WFSA holds over 22,000 cinefilms and video recordings, and over 13,000 sound recordings. Themes include

  • Professional and newsreel film of local events and personalities, lots of military subjects and maritime coverage, shown in regional cinemas and halls
  • Amateur film and video, showing many different aspects of life in the region, often not covered by professionals
  • Research and advertising film produced by local businesses, such as Vosper Thornycroft, British Maritime Technology, Portsea Island Co-operative Society, Southern Electric and Huntley & Palmers
  • Local radio tapes
  • Oral history recordings
  • Videos reflecting life in the region both past and present
  • Gramophone discs and tapes of local interest, including those featuring the Bournemouth Orchestras
  • Much of the original film recording the raising of the 'Mary Rose
  • A selection of local TV and radio programmes from 1958 to the present day

We welcome cinefilm, sound recordings, video recordings, digital recordings, equipment and manuals as a gift, on long-term loan or loan for copying.


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