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.
Films on You Tube
We have uploaded many films onto our 'Wessex Film and Sound Archive You Tube channel.'
On the clips below, click on the 'i' information button to see more details and a link to the online catalogue entry.
To watch the footage below, simply click on the link to see the films on You Tube.
The Changing Face of Gosport, 1950s. Ref: AV1078/1/V1
Holiday film of the Isle of Wight, 1959-1960. Ref: AV1260/1/V1
Milford-on-Sea, 1925. Ref: AV634/1/V1
Basingstoke, 1969. Ref: AV177/1-3/V1
Queen Mary's funeral, Windsor, 31 Mar 1953. Ref: AV1311/22/V1
The River Thames at Marlow, Cliveden and Sonning, 1960s. Ref: AV593/2/V1
A tour of Britain by rail, 1935. Ref: AV6/M20/V1
Fred Ward milling at Pan Mill, Newport, Isle of Wight, 1988. Ref: AV1225/1/V1
Fleet Home Guard setting up a Smith Gun, c1942-44. Ref: AV642/1/V1
Grass Skiing Championships at Butser Hill, 1970s. Ref: AV1000/1/V1
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