Wessex Film and Sound Archive

Bringing our history to life

What is the Wessex Film and Sound Archive

Our collection highlights

  • Oral history recordings
  • Newsreels and professional films of local events
  • Local radio tapes
  • A wealth of amateur film and video
  • Documentary films
  • Gramophone discs and tapes of local interest
  • Local TV and radio programmes from 1958 to the present day
  • Research, advertising and newsreel films of interest from 1897 onwards
  • 22,000
  • cinefilms and video recordings
  • 16,000
  • sound recordings

View our collection

Watch our films online or search our catalogue

You can also:

  • visit the BFI website
  • visit us and view films and listen to sound recordings free of charge in our public search room, without appointment
  • loan DVDs with Archive Film for Reminiscence

This video is an example of one of the films we have available

Copying services

We can provide copies of many film and sound items, either for commercial or private use.

We make copies to the highest standard possible but quality depends on the quality of the original item. We aim to provide copies promptly but may not proceed until we have obtained any necessary permissions from copyright owners which may take several weeks.

Payment will be requested after permissions have been obtained and a copy has been produced. We charge for the time taken to produce a copy.

See our fees and charges

Supported by

Wessex Film and Sound Archive is supported by The British Film Institute, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

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