Welcome to the Film Archive of The Box

The Box Plymouth from architectural plans

The Box holds the official regional film and moving image archive for the South West of England. A member of the Film Archive UK (FAUK), the film archive is recognised as one of the UK’s most significant screen heritage collections. The Box is supported by the BFI for its collections' management and is a partner in the BFI's Film Audience Network SW Hub run by Watershed Bristol. The Box Plymouth will open in Spring 2020. 

Established in 1993, the film and moving image collections comprise of the combined programme libraries of the ex-ITV franchise Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive cares for donated amateur and professional movng image dating to the early 1890s. The collections cover an area from the Isles of Scilly in the west to Bournemouth in the east and as far north as Gloucestershire and they include films from county and unitary authorities in the South West.

Activities include acquiring, preserving and providing access to the region's visual moving image heritage, offering programming for public exhibitions and screenings, producing and selling footage or offering access through streaming or downloadable content. The Box works with filmmakers, broadcasters, media and marketing professionals, visual artists, students, historians, public organisations and is part of a network of national and regional film archives.


A selection of film works are available to view on the BFI Player as part of the Britain on Film. Click here to start exploring the secret lives and hidden histories of your region!