Archive of the month: Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside

With its sandy beaches and public gardens, Bournemouth’s beautiful seafront has been attracting tourists from across the country for decades

Jul 17 2017


But it was in the mid 20th century when this up and coming seaside town was really hitting its stride.

The film Enchanting Bournemouth, from which this still is taken, was made in the 1960s to promote Bournemouth as a hot spot beach resort that could be a reasonably priced substitute for summer holidays on the continent.

As well as offering a glimpse of 1960s advertising, films like Enchanting Bournemouth provide living, breathing records of their time – flaunting the fashions and sensibilities of the era to contemporary audiences.

UFH Montage video - Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

At Wessex Film and Sound Archive you can see and hear history, from late Victorian times to the present day, through moving images and sound recordings. The Archive contains over 38,000 film and sound recordings relating to Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

The collection is incredibly diverse and covers a wide range of mediums – from VHS tapes to traditional, 8mm film stock.

You can search the catalogue online, and view material free of charge at Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester. More and more of the collection is being added to their YouTube channel – allowing you to immerse yourself in the collection from the comfort of your own home.

Wessex Film and Sound Archive's YouTube channel