Wessex Film and Sound Archive

Oral History

WFSA has always sought to encourage the sound recording of people's memories about the past - oral history - to add to the many written sources in record offices. In the process they often fill large gaps in our knowledge of the region. Local history groups and individuals have produced many such audio records, so that WFSA now holds over 1,000 recordings on tape and disc. Notable collections are as follows:

  • Places - Basingstoke; Emsworth; Havant; Hayling Island; New Forest; Petersfield; Winchester
  • Arts and Crafts - Hampshire Craftspeople; Home Dressmaking; Winchester School of Art
  • Workplaces - Thornycrofts of Basingstoke; Portsmouth Dockyard
  • Transport - Aldershot & District Bus Interest Group
  • Military establishments - Priddy's Hard
  • Second World War Home Front - Brockenhurst; Alresford in Wartime; Fareham in Wartime
  • Family - Cdr Phillimore and family
  • Dialect - Survey of English Dialects

Horndean (AV630/1) is also noteworthy, as the reminiscences are based upon a poem about the village written in about 1910. The Winchester collection listed above was recorded by former City Archivist Austin Whitaker with David Waldin, covering the period 1960-1985.

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