Posts Tagged ‘Southampton’
The Royal Victoria Hospital, or Netley Hospital was a large military hospital in Net
The park was originally the site of Royal Victoria Hospital, which was HUGE, built to designs by Florence Nightingale for soldiers from the Crimean War and identical to one built at Scutari in Turkey – identical except they got the plans the wrong way round – the wards were supposed to get all the sun by facing south but instead they built the long corridors on the south!! Patients arrived there by ship or by a special railway built right up to the back door.
It was in service right into the second world war – some of the later patients allegedly suffering from venereal diseases. In 1966 it had been disused for some while and after a serious fire it was decided to demolish it. The rubble was used to reinforce Hurst Spit near Lymington after a bad storm. All that was left of the hospital was the Chapel, which still stands in the middle of the park as a museum centre. The Chapel was refurbished, and in the process our cameraman, Steve Hudson, climbed a ladder to the top of the Tower and shot this programme, which tells the story of the Hospital and the site. The voice-over was recorded by Bruce Parker, a veteran presenter of BBC South Today.
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The Southampton Boatshow is a big event locally drawing visitors from all over the UK and abroad. We decided to send one of our video camera crews down to check out what was happening and speak to some of the exhibitors there.
If you want to visit you will need to be fast as it closes on Sunday 23rd. Check out more details here
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For more than ten years during the 1970s and 1980s Focus regularly produced video and presentation support material for British Gas Southern, a region of British Gas which disappeared when the organisation was privatised in 1986. Our clients were in the region’s PR and Marketing departments
During that period in the early 1980s the Institution of Gas Engineers ran their annual national conference at the Bournemouth International Centre, and the Southern Region of British Gas hosted delegates from across the country together with their spouses. The spouses were treated to a glorious day out – Ladies’ Day, when they were offered a wonderful programme of organised coach trips and this video showed the options on offer. Some options could be described as rather more male orientated than others.
This video was produced to remind them of what they had to choose from and give them some background on each trip. It was delightfully presented by Sarah Kennedy, the cameraman was Steve Hudson, and it was directed by Ian Ward.
Locations to choose from were:
Southampton Ocean Village
Southampton Hall of Aviation
Wilton Carpet Factory
Brights of Nettlebed at Wimborne
Milton Abbas Village
Arreton Manor, Isle of Wight
Osborne House, Isle of Wight
Ford, Transit Van Factory, Southampton
New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, (the New Forest Embroidery)
Gibbs Brewery, Salisbury
Portsmouth Dockyard - Mary Rose and HMS Warrior
Although the images and stories are twenty years old, the list still makes a great tourist guide to central southern England.
It’s worth remembering that a great many changes have taken place since this programme was produced, and not only in the attractions on offer. British Gas Southern is no more. Ward Sound Company has now become Focus, but still provides the same high production standards and creative client relationships.