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.
You can see a range of our archive films on our YouTube channel 'Wessex Film and Sound Archive'.
Explore school life, towns, the Home Guard, carnivals, launches of famous ships, fetes and much more.
We are always interested to hear what you would like to see more of, so please leave us a comment on YouTube or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a large collection of films made by Colonel Arthur Bates of Manydown Park between 1929 and 1936. Manydown Park was a fine estate with a manor house in the north of Hampshire.
Bates shot all of his films outdoors to take advantage of natural light and used a 16mm camera. As well as featuring friends and members of his family, his footage offers a fascinating glimpse of local life in the 1930s.
You can learn more about this extensive collection (AV1153) via our online catalogue, or simply view the clips below:
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