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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Marjorie Glasspool Films Her Family in Alton
Marjorie Glasspool's home movie captures a variety of events and occasions experienced by a Hampshire family
Amateur film 1930 8 mins Silent
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This film made, by Marjorie Glasspool in the 1930s, starts with a gathering outside Farnham Castle. We then see the family eating ice-cream by a lake. On a trip to London we see traffic, guardsmen and the Zoo. Two weddings follow after which we see relatives arrive by a rural bus. A pair of sea bathers can be seen posing for the camera before the film ends at Danesfort - the family home. The film ends with more scenes of gardeners at work while members of the household look on.
Though technically flawed, Marjorie Glasspool's home-movie, shot on 9.5mm stock, offers glimpses of a vanished Britain. The bustle of London traffic, as seen in the middle of the film, contrasts sharply with the quiet of rural roads shared by motorbikes, cars, buses and cattle. Overall there is little street furniture to be seen and houses are few though there are a number of enamel signs advertising Craven A cigarettes, Lyons Cakes and Oxo. Another interesting feature is the man selling Wall's ice cream from an adapted bicycle.
Pioneers of Personal Film
Local Scenes and Family Pictures
Amateur film 1927 14 mins Silent
Grandma and Grandad also join in the fun of this home movie - with beaches, swings & roundabouts and a medieval pageant led by Christopher Robin
Royal Silver Jubilee 1935 - Cardiff
Home movie 1935 15 mins Silent Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
Yards of bunting have been put up in Cardiff to celebrate King George V’s 25 years on the throne and the Wade home in Park Place has its share.
Our Holidays 1932
Amateur film 1932 10 mins Silent Location: Walton-On-The-Naze
With the luxury of a beach hut as their base, the Mann family from Southend took any opportunity to head up the coast to spend many happy days at Walton-on-the-Naze
Outing on the Thames
Amateur film 1933 9 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
An interwar outing on the River Thames with a reminder of the Great Western Railway's influence in Birmingham.
Barnstaple Fair in the 1920s
Non-Fiction 1926 5 mins Silent Location: Barnstaple
Join the crowds in Barnstaple for fairground attractions
Seven O' Clock Regulars' Swimming Club Part 1 of 3
Non-Fiction 1929 11 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
Seven O'Clock Regular Swimmers' Club open the new season with a splash!
Union Castle liner and seaside scenes
Amateur film 1930 6 mins Silent Location: Hampshire
All aboard the Warwick Castle as she departs from Southampton in this jolly film from Mr Light which also features beach goers playing leapfrog
Documentary 1938 8 mins Silent Location: Lanark
Grand Designs of the 1930s: rural slums turned into country cottages with the help of government money.
All in the Day's Work
Amateur film 1930 10 mins Silent Location: Hampshire
This inventive comedy double-bill is more than your average home movie - with its tale of two young pranksters getting their just deserts
Southampton’s MP Films his Family and Friends
Amateur film 1931 11 mins Silent Location: Hampshire
William Craven-Ellis records the antics of family and friends in his garden, on the beach and in and around Southampton
Taste for Honey
Amateur film 1968 11 mins Location: Hampshire
Beryl Armstrong's father makes bee-keeping look so easy in this wonderful award-winning film - but he does know what he's doing!
Farewell to Steam
Amateur film 1966 3 mins Silent Location: Hampshire
A film maker's attempt to record the last steam-hauled passenger and freight trains running along the West of England mainline from Waterloo
Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Workforce of Ormerod's Mill, Great Moor Street, Bolton (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Great Moor St, Bolton
Eager youngsters burst out of the gates of a Victorian cotton mill.
The Henley Regatta
Sport 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
It's the first weekend of July 1901, and high society are on the Thames
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins
The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed by a famous magician
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