Wessex Film and Sound Archive

Commercial films and videos of local interest

Many films videos were distributed nationally or regionally, the contents of which include particular local subjects. These have acquired and made available for reference in WFSA. Good examples are Winchester - Cathedral City; Journey into Spring - about Selborne; A Tale of Two Abbeys - about Romsey and Mottisfont; Round the Island - about the Isle of Wight; and A Letter from Goathorn - about Poole Harbour.

Commercial videos showing archive film and topics of regional interest have been purchased. There are a number about the Second World War, for instance, and transport in general. Others concern local towns and cities, produced by Viewpoint Productions and Bygone Films. A wide range of subjects, from the New Forest to the history of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, can also be viewed.

Various local societies and individuals have produced videos specifically about their area or field of expertise. Beneath Basingstoke, for example, was produced by Basingstoke Archaeological and Historical Society and concerns archaeological finds in that town and what they tell us about its development; WFSA holds all the unedited video footage as well as the finished tape. Robin Baumber (Angerton Video) has produced videos on the history of Alton, Selborne and Alresford, whilst Patrick Kempe concerns himself with subjects like New Milton, the New Forest and flying boats.

Tourist promotional films commissioned by local authorities often evoke a bygone era, and there are good examples in WFSA from Bournemouth and Weymouth. Portsmouth and Southampton have also not been slow to promote their cities. Tony Chuter is an amateur film-maker who has produced his own films, promoting Winchester and Dorset in the 1970s. James Gardiner is another example with See Southsea in 1962.

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