Welcome to the South West Film and Television Archive

SWFTA is the official regional film archive for the South West of England. A member of the UK Film Archive Network (FAUK) SWFTA is recognised as one of the UK’s most significant screen heritage collections. SWFTA is a partner in the BFIs Film Audience Network (SW and West Midlands Hub) and is a key partner in the Plymouth History Centre Project.

Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional dating back to the early 1890s. The collections cover an area from the Ises of Scilly in the west to Bournemouth in the east and as far north as Gloucestershire, and includes all the county and unitary authorities in the South West.

SWFTA's primary activities include: acquiring, preserving and providing access to the regions visual moving image heritage, providing footage for public exhibitions and screenings, producing and selling DVDs, working with film makers, broadcasters and partners from other regional and national film archives, as well as providing copies of footage for members of the public. 


A selection of SWFTA material is now available to view on the BFI Player as part of the Britain on Film project. You can view 1000s of films which capture life in Britain over the last 120 years. Click here to start exploring the secret lives and hidden histories of your region!