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Monday 12th January 2015

Council Leaders Visit SWFTA

The home of the UK’s largest regional collection of film and television footage was visited today by Plymouth City Council Leader, Tudor Evans, and Deputy Leader, Peter Smith. The councillors were shown incredible historic moments captured on film from across the region and were personally thanked by trustees, staff and volunteers for their substantial support during the relocation of the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) from the Royal William Yard to 10 Catherine Street in the centre of Plymouth.

The move would not have been possible without Plymouth City Council funding. Deputy Leader, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “We’re extremely pleased that we’ve been able to work with SWFTA to find them a new home. They are an absolutely crucial partner in developing the International History Centre project and their collection is priceless in terms of the local and regional history it captures. SWFTA’s new location has already attracted more people to their new offices which we hope will also benefit the surrounding businesses.”

The building on Catherine Street is owned by the Council and has undergone a major refurbishment to make it a suitable home for SWFTA for the next five years whilst the Plymouth International History Centre is developed.

David Beadel, Chairman of SWFTA, said: “We’re all very excited about our new home at Catherine Street which has already opened up many fantastic opportunities for the archive, especially as we develop some large scale projects and partnerships with the wider cultural and heritage community.

“Our move to central premises within the heart of the city has been made entirely possible through the support of one of our key partners, Plymouth City Council. It provides us with the ideal location to work closely with the Council and our other partners in developing the Plymouth International History Centre project which, ultimately, will be the long-term home for the archive when it opens in 2019.”

For more information about the Plymouth International History Centre project visit

Photograph: Councillor Evans (front left) with a Plymouth City Council delegation and some of SWFTA personnel.