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 and West Midlands Hub) 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 and video collections 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 primary 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 DVDs or streamed and downloadable content. SWFTA works with filmmakers, broadcasters, media and marketing professionals, visual artists, students, historians, public organisations and forms part of a network of regional and national film archives. SWFTA offers moving images and digitisation services 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. You can view films which capture life in Britain over the last 120 years on a map or in themed collections. Click here to start exploring the secret lives and hidden histories of your region!