We hold over 22,000 cinefilms and video recordings and below are links to a few of them to highlight the wide variety of archive footage we have.
We have uploaded many historic films onto our 'Wessex Film and Sound Archive You Tube channel.' There you will find archive footage of school life, towns, the Home Guard, carnivals, launches of famous ships, fetes and much more.
There are four sample clips below (click on the 'i' information button to see more details and a link to the online catalogue entry).
Below are clips from our large collection of films made by Colonel Arthur Bates of Manydown Park in North Hampshire between 1929-1936.
All of the films were shot outdoors to take advantage of natural light using a 16mm camera and featured not just members of his family, but also a fascinating glimpse of local life. There are more films in the collection - AV1153 - which you can learn about via our online catalogue and then either visit us to view in person or order a copy. You can also find out more about Colonel Bates in the AdminHistory section of the catalogue entries.
Various footage 1929-1931 including the North Waltham Mummers and the Vyne Hunt. Ref: AV1153/6/V1
Various footage 1930-1931,including an air display at RAF Andover, the Basingstoke Root and Stock Show and a zoo. Ref: AV1153/8/V1]
Various footage 1931-1932, Cunard White Star cruise on The Laconia, 1935. Ref: AV1153/16/V1
Various footage 1931-1932, including the General election 1931 Basingstoke declaration of poll at Newport House. Ref: AV1153/11/V1]
Aldershot Command Horse Show c1932 Ref: AV1153/26/V1
Bell Foundry’ 1936 - showing the casting of a new bell at the Whitechapel Foundry, London for St Lawrence's Church, Wootton St Lawrence, Hampshire. Ref: AV1153/26/V1
The Launch of the Queen Mary 1934-1936, including her arrival for the maiden voyage at Southampton in 1936. Ref: AV1153/32/V1