Introduction to the Trust

The Hampshire Archives Trust supports the preservation and conservation of Hampshire related archives, and promotes them for the benefit of the public and to advance wider knowledge and understanding of archives.

One way has been through the support of many projects. An example was Living Links, a community archive project that ran across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. This three year project was jointly funded with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). A project worker was employed to support local historical groups who held small local archives to promote best practice in document care, handling and exhibiting. One of the many outcomes was the establishment of the Archives Ambassador programme, providing advice on preserving, cataloguing and digitising archives, and starting oral local history projects, and still running at the Hampshire Record Office today. This project left a strong legacy with many local groups still thriving due to the knowledge and materials distributed as part of this project.

The Hampshire Archives Trust is managed by a board of voluntary trustees, with assistance from professional advisors and supported by our Patrons and Members.

One of Hampshire Archives Trust’s biggest achievements was the development of a regional archive specifically for film and sound archives. Wessex Film and Sound Archive was set up under the aegis of the Trust, and jointly administered with Hampshire County Council. With support from both organisations, as well as from others, including the British Film Institute, WFSA flourished and has become an important regional archive. WFSA operates from Hampshire Record Office and in 2019 HAT was delighted to pass WFSA over entirely into the management of the Record Office. Click on the link to find out more about WFSA. 

Since its inception, Hampshire Archives Trust has worked tirelessly to preserve and raise awareness of Hampshire’s rich and diverse documented past, its relevance, fascination and importance.


N J B Atkinson, Esq, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire

Vice Presidents

  • The Earl of Carnarvon
  • Rt.Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester
  • Lady Mary Fagan, LG, DCVO
  • Rt. Reverend Christopher Foster, Bishop of Portsmouth
  • Mrs H F Hindson MBE
  • Mr J D G Isherwood CMG
  • The Earl of Malmesbury DL