27 September 2006
Moving Image are pleased to announce that they have been appointed to manage and represent the Wessex Film & Sound Archive, a specialist regional repository based at Hampshire Record Office in Winchester.
The Wessex Archive comprises of some marvellous amateur and promotional films illustrating powerful images of everyday life in Wessex. Films feature some enchanting footage of Sir Robert Baden-Powell and his future wife, Olave Soames, as they inspect the Hampshire Boy Scouts at the Grand Rally in Southampton. Notable films include up-lifting promos of the Queen Mary in 1960 on her way to New York, as well as the RMS Queen Elizabeth on 'Your Cunard Holiday to America,' in 1965. Other films in the collection include the Exercise Salvare 1 as "homeless people" rehearse a mass evacuation, addressing the propaganda of the Cold War. In contrast there is also a delightful account of the daily productivity at Huntley and Palmer's, biscuit factory.
Moving Image has already carried out full restoration, digitisation and the logging of this collection.
These films are all viewable on Moving Image database, which you can access from here.
Also visit the Wessex Archives page on Moving Image website.
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