On 1 February 2018, Wessex Film and Sound Archive (WFSA) marked its 30th birthday. David Lee retired as its manager in 2014, and other colleagues have since taken on responsibility for aspects of its work. Over 26 years, David built up a tremendous and fascinating resource of sound and moving image archives covering a wide range of topics dating from late Victorian times to the present day. This important part of regional heritage brings history to life in a vivid and exciting way and complements the more traditional archive resources held by Hampshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS).
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…
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.