Wessex Film and Sound Archive

Wessex Film and Sound Archive collections

WFSA holds over 22,000 cinefilms and video recordings, and over 16,000 sound recordings. The collection includes items from a variety of sources, each offering a unique insight into the region’s past.

We have:

  • Newsreels and professional films of local events

  • A wealth of amateur film and video

  • 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

  • Gramophone discs and tapes of local interest (including 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.

Do you have film footage, sound recordings, video recordings, digital recordings or film equipment that you are unsure what to do with? We welcome items of local or regional interest as gifts or on long term loan.  

 
 
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