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 36,000 film and sound recordings relating to Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, including film and tapes of local TV and radio.
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A Day Out in Portsmouth
Travel back to the Portsmouth of open markets, period shops, bomb sites, congested car parks, workers on bicycles and holiday crowds - all in glorious black & white
Amateur film 1958 15 mins Silent
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F Howard's nostalgic film begins around Portsmouth's Commerical Road where an open market is packed with shoppers, traders and cars. Note some familiar high street names as well as the bombsites awaiting redevelopment. We then visit the Guildhall and later glimpse the submarine training tank at HMS Dolphin across the harbour. Then it's holiday time on Southsea Common where thousands of cars jostle for parking space while day trippers enjoy the equally packed beaches.
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