Wessex Film and Sound Archive

Bringing our history to life

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.

The collection includes Cinefilm relating to the region. It also includes our collections of professional, amateur, and documentary film. There is research, advertising and newsreel films of local interest, from 1897 onwards.

We have sound recordings reflecting life in the area. This includes oral history, local radio, gramophone discs and local music tapes, and digital audio files.

Collection highlights

  • Oral history recordings
  • Newsreels and professional films of local events
  • Local radio tapes
  • A wealth of amateur film and video
  • Gramophone discs and tapes of local interest
  • Local TV and radio programmes from 1958 to the present day

Many of our films can be viewed online; in our YouTube collection or on the BFI website. Or you could visit us and view films and listen to sound recordings free of charge in our public search room, without appointment. You can also loan DVDs with Archive Film for Reminiscence.

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 fees and charges.

Photocopying a document