The Adventures of the Girl Pat

I seem to have spent a lot of time in the past 12 months talking about the mysterious and elusive Girl Pat. Could it be that you have yet to hear her story?

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the return to British waters of a stolen fishing trawler, known as the Girl Pat, a moment that is captured on film within the collection of Wessex Film and Sound Archive. This in itself is nothing outstanding, but the story that accompanies this diminutive vessel is nothing short of remarkable and throws up some very intriguing questions…

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Musings of a millennial #WFSAselfie

Hold the phone! Millennials in the archives? Surely not? What place is there for youths and their smartphones in a dusty deluge of ancient documents and film stock? Little did you know that my handy dandy smartphone, amongst other gizmos and gadgets, is revolutionising how we do things here at Hampshire Record Office, with social media coming to the forefront of how we communicate with you. So join me and my smartphone on an insta-worthy little tour in pictures of the nooks and crannies of the Wessex Film and Sound Archive.

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