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Life on the Water’s Edge – Film about ...

Title for the film Life on the Water's Edge over an old upturned tender

Life on the Water’s Edge – Film about the Milton Locks Community

DISCOVER THE HISTORY OF THE MILTON LOCKS COMMUNITY

Life on the Water’s Edge is documentary film by Strong Island Media commissioned by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust back in the spring & summer of 2017, gathering local people’s memories and archival film and photos of the Milton Lock’s unique past, and celebrating the growing community exploring and celebrating Milton Locks nature reserve today.

Generations have enjoyed the tranquil beauty of this section of Portsmouth’s coastline – from the painter Edward King and the houseboats of the 1940s, to today’s photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.

The New Film

Made with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Milton’s Hidden Seashore project the film covers four different perspectives of this often forgotten and unique small community and how people today still seek to live and connect with their environment in Portsmouth.

For the film local people were encouraged to come forward with their memories and photos & film of Milton Locks at an event at the Portsmouth City Museum in April, and many of their stories, photos and experiences are now represented in this film. An early version of the film was then screened at Portsmouth City Museum as part of Portsmouth Festivities and a final version screened at Locks Sailing Club, which for many years was located in a hut as part of the Milton Locks community. You can view the final version of the film below.

Milton Locks

Milton Locks is a small two acre coastal nature reserve, home to birds such as oystercatchers and curlews, to salt marsh plants, and reptiles such as common lizards. As well as its significance for wildlife, the site also has a rich heritage. It started life as part of the Portsmouth to Arundel canal which opened in 1823.

Generations have enjoyed the tranquil beauty of this section of Portsmouth’s coastline – from the painter Edward King and the houseboats of the 1940s, to today’s photographers and wildlife enthusiasts…


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  1. Prof Frank C. Walsh

    24 July

    Thanks. Milton Locks is a wonderful video. In the early 1970s, as a chemistry student at Portsmouth Polytechnic, we often escaped from our Southsea flats to the Locks, on Sundays, for a long walk and visit to pubs. Later, as a member of staff at the University of Portsmouth, in the 1990s, then head of Chemistry, Physics & Radiography, I achieved teaching qualifications at the local, Langstone Campus, Education Department. We sometimes adjourned, at the end of long days, to local pubs after a walk to the Locks.

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