Welcome to the South West Film and Television Archive

The Box Plymouth from architectural plans

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

Established in 1993, SWFTA's collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive cares for donated amateur and professional movng image dating back 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 includes county and unitary authorities in the South West.

SWFTA's 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 sending out downloadable content. SWFTA works with filmmakers, broadcasters, media and marketing professionals, visual artists, students, historians, public organisations and is part of a network of regional and national film archives.


A selection of SWFTA material is 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!