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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The Marchwood Park Training Centre and power boats
Women train for war work at Marchwood Park House in this remarkable film which features camouflaged factories, barrage balloons, gas masks and a netball match.
Amateur film 1939 13 mins Silent
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This remarkable film shows the vulnerability of Southampton's boatyards during WWII. Barrage balloons patrol the skies while buildings are camouflaged against raiders. Meanwhile, young women are seen arriving at Marchwood Park to train in boat building; from design to manufacture and assembly. They celebrate passing out with a netball game, gas-mask training and first aid practise. We then see French naval officers tour the Hythe works and a fire-hose pump in action.
Hubert Scott-Paine owned a high-speed boat manufacturing business called the British Power Boat Company. It was based in Hythe on the waters of the Solent. In 1939 he purchased Marchwood Park House near Southampton, which became a training centre for female workers. Having mobilised a female workforce during the First World War, Scott-Paine was keen to utilise the same group again once it was clear that hostilities were imminent. The company produced tenders for Imperial Airways as well as fast motor-torpedo boats. One of the company's power boat designs formed the basis for the American PT Boat Squadron, one of which, PT109, was commanded by the future President Kennedy.
Keep the Wheels Turning
Industry sponsored film 1940 8 mins
An enticing government call for men to retrain as skilled engineers to help with the war effort.
Government sponsored film 1942 12 mins
Wartime news magazine for factory workers, sponsored by the Ministry of Supply. News items often stressed the value of the 'factory front'.
Government sponsored film 1942 11 mins Location: Liverpool
A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.
Documentary 1940 20 mins Silent
A Second World War propaganda film, looking at the industrial might behind Great Britain’s armed forces.
Government sponsored film 1940 10 mins
Shipwrights, plate-fitters and riveters support the war effort as their ships take majestic shape in this tour of British shipyards.
Promotional 1943 25 mins Silent Location: Whitchurch
Meat and wheat, oranges and eggs (dried), salmon and peaches (tinned) arrive in Cardiff from Brazil, America, Canada and New Zealand to keep war-time’s wolf from the allied door.
Amateur film 1962 2 mins Silent Location: Hythe
Hythe is the location for this short film which features a new library under construction as well as other views of this attractive Kent coast town
Amateur film 1940 14 mins Silent Location: Hythe
After a visit from the Luftwaffe, Hythe's factories and houses inspect the terrible damage done to their town in a film, which also shows the local Home Guard in fighting form.
Amateur film 1939 17 mins Silent Location: Egerton
An amazing film that contrasts the last months of peace in 1939 with scenes from the first year of the war - featuring dog-fights over Sussex and the effects of falling bombs.
Amateur film 1930 22 mins Silent Location: Broadstairs
The Thanet coast features in this film by Enid Briggs - a woman filmmaker of the 1920s and 1930s - featuring boat rides, horses and family outings.
Amateur film 1953 14 mins Silent Location: Hythe
The town of Hythe is smothered in bunting as the townsfolk celebrate the Coronation of Elizabeth II.
Documentary 2020 11 mins
Searching for one of the last people to speak Gayle - a secret language the gay community were forced to invent during Apartheid.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2017 4 mins
A comedy-drama animation about two best friends growing up in the same world but experiencing it completely differently.
Drama 2019 14 mins
An African Pentecostal Pastor questions everything she believes after a life-changing event.
Drama 2018 8 mins
Samona Olanipekun explores the concepts of home, identity and belonging, from the starting point of the theme of globalisation.
Drama 2017 16 mins
Compelling story of a complex relationship between an imperious father and his son.
Documentary 2020 28 mins
Three African American fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community.
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