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20th January 2019

Disabled Britain on Film

The Box Film Archive is pleased to announce the launch of Disabled Britain on Film on the British Film Institute’s free section of BFIplayer.

2nd January 2019

THE BOX is recruiting!

Want to be part of the largest and most exciting cultural project in the UK to open in 2020?

18th April 2018

Wedding Bells

The big day has arrived and everyone is invited BFI celebrates a multitude of marriages on film

5th March 2018

BFI Audience Awards Update

The BFI is committed to giving everyone, everywhere in the UK the opportunity to enjoy and learn from the richest and most diverse range of great British and international filmmaking, past, present and future. Using funding from the National Lottery, the

25th January 2018

New Film Hub South West

Audiences and talent: the next four years of Film Hub South West

13th November 2017

Jewish Britain on Film

A century of insights and hidden histories of Jewish life on screen

26th October 2017


Angela pledges to contribute to the accessibility and care of the 'art of moving image'

7th September 2017

SWFTA wins new digitisation bid from BFI Heritage 2022 fund

SWFTA announces successful award form the British Film Iinstitute's Heritage 2022 Digitisation Fund.

28th July 2017

The Secret is out of The Box

Why and how we're thinking in, and out of, The Box for the future of Plymouth's past.

29th November 2016

BFI announces BFI2022, its five-year strategy for UK film

Investing almost £500 million from 2017-2022, BFI2022 outlines how the BFI will continue to focus on audiences and culture, supporting film education and skills development and backing exciting new filmmaking.

22nd December 2015

SWFTA Team End of Year Review - 2015

As thoughts turn to the new year, we've taken some time to look back over another hugely eventful year for SWFTA...

27th October 2015

Commission opportunity will use film to explore Plymouth's past and future

Archive footage of Plymouth's rich and varied past will be used to open a window on the city's future as part of a new annual film commission being offered by Plymouth University and the South West Film and Television Archive...

27th September 2015

SWFTA supports Pedal Power Cinema in Cornwall: cinema screening with a difference

Hop on your bike and join us for a season of fantastic films screening across the South West this September and October, brought to you by Pedal Power...

24th August 2015

SWFTA Bids a Sad Farewell to Jennie Constable, SWFTA Administrator

It is with deep immeasurable sadness that we announce the loss of a dear friend and much loved colleague. Jennie Constable, SWFTA Administrator...

9th July 2015

BFI Launches Britain on Film: Our Lives, Our Stores

Through Britain on Film, and in partnership with the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA), a dazzling mosaic of British life across the South West of England will be revealed that captures the people, places and history of the area...

21st May 2015

Plymouth History Festival 2015 in full swing

The fantastic Plymouth History Festival is back with open days, special events, talks, tours, walks, festivals and much much more. SWFTA has contributed to two events this year...

23rd March 2015

SWFTA footage in the Big Screen Spotlight thanks to Inspired Student Media Arts Project

Plymouth's big screen will be the centre of a student art project this week, as they take over the screen and plan to show a mash-up of old footage (from SWFTA) and new images of Plymouth...

6th March 2015

National Lottery Funding Has Got SWFTA in a Reel

SWFTA are putting on their white gloves, dusting off their film reels and preparing to unlock film heritage working under the British Film Institute's National Lottery-funded 'Unlocking Film Heritage Digitisation Fund...

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 and Deputy Leader...

18th December 2014

SWFTA Team End of Year Review - 2014

As thoughts turn to the new year, we've taken some time to look back over another hugely eventful year for SWFTA...

17th December 2014

Dates of Christmas Closure 2014

SWFTA will be closed from Monday 22nd December 2014 throughout the Christmas period, re-opening on Friday 2nd January 2015...

3rd November 2014

Tre Project DVD is now available

The Tre Project DVD is now available to buy, featuring 11 beautiful films spanning 110 years of local history. Viewers are treated to a combination of old cine footage and new digital content including footage from SWFTA...

3rd September 2014

SWFTA Welcomes Youth Group to New Home

Throughout the summer holidays SWFTA has been working closely with the team at the River Tamar Project to get local young people excited about moving images and filmmaking...

27th July 2014

SWFTA Re-Opens After a Brief Intermission

The UK's largest regional collection of film and television footage is nice and snug in its new home in the very centre of Plymouth after a six week move...

3rd June 2014

SWFTA is Moving!

Having been located at the Royal William Yard for the best part of 15 years, we're all very excited about our move to Catherine Street...

27th May 2014

Making History - We Did It!

Plymouth is celebrating a truly historic moment after scooping 12.8M from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to create a major new historic and cultural attraction at the very heart of the city...

21st May 2014

Hundreds Visit the Three Towns in Focus Event at Plymouth Guildhall

Between 15 and 17 May 2014 hundreds of people visited the 'Three Towns in Focus' exhibition at Plymouth Guildhall which featured archive footage from SWFTA and stills from SWiB...

12th May 2014

New Interim Management Support in Place for SWFTA

Meet SWFTA's new interim management team, appointed to support the archive during our Archive Director's maternity leave...

10th May 2014

Award Winning Film Feat. SWFTA Footage to be Screened at the Plymouth Short Film Festival 2014

An award winning film which included archive footage from SWFTA is set to be screened as part of Plymouth's Film Festival...

29th April 2014

SWFTA Celebrates Completion of Successful Volunteer Project

Friends and colleagues joined SWFTA to celebrate the completion of our highly successful Volunteer Project: The Preservation Partnership Scheme...

17th February 2014

The Pop Up Museum Team is Back on Tour

The pop up museum team is on tour again this week; join experts from the City Museum, Record Office, SWFTA and SWiB...

31st January 2014

SWFTA Welcomes Alison Seabeck, MP

SWFTA staff were treated to a visit from local MP Alison Seabeck today...

28th January 2014

SWFTA Volunteer Celebrates 10 Years with the Archive

SWFTA volunteer Laura Body celebrates ten years with the archive...

23rd January 2014

New Commissions for Artists and Film-Makers in Devon and Cornwall

Our friends at Exeter Phoenix are excited to announce new commission opportunities for artists and film-makers based in Devon and Cornwall...

21st January 2014

SWFTA's Drake's Island Film is a Hit!

SWFTA's Drake's Island film from the Westward Collection, proves to be a hit with online audiences...

6th January 2014

SWFTA Launches New Project to Discover Hidden Gems

SWFTA has welcomed three new members of staff in January 2014 will are working with us on the BFI's Discovery Fund project until the end of June...

20th December 2013

Archive Director's End of Year Review - 2013

As thoughts turn to Christmas our Archive Director has taken some time to look back over a hugely eventful year for SWFTA...

18th December 2013

Dates of SWFTA Christmas Closure 2013

SWFTA will be closed to the public from (and including) Monday 23rd December 2013, reopening for business on the 2nd January 2014. Technical staff will be on call for emergency broadcaster enquiries...

17th December 2013

Short Film Award for SWFTA client

Carrie Hill wins Best Short Film Commission at the Two Short Nights Festival. Read more about her film which included archive footage from SWFTA...

12th December 2013

North Devon Movie Bus Project makes the News

Movies on the move: Britain's last-ever mobile cinema - which features footage from SWFTA - has been restored to its former glory after film buffs found it rotting in a field...

29th November 2013

Step Closer to Major New Historic Attraction

Plymouth is a step closer to creating a major new visitor attraction today that will proudly tell the stories of some of the city's legends and heroes who shaped the modern world...

21st November 2013

Media Innovation Award for Best App.

We're delighted to announce that our friends from AWEN have received the 2013 Media Innovation Award for Best App which included archival footage from SWFTA....

5th November 2013

SWFTA Supports Community Projects

SWFTA is supporting a variety of community projects which will be launched in 2014. One example being the fantastic Take a Part (CIC) project...

7th October 2013

This is your South West Life: Celebrating 20 years of SWFTA with our new Patron

Who can remember Westward and TSW's famous Gus Honeybun and his Birthday hops and winks? On Monday, Gus will be hopping out of retirement to join his former colleagues and friends as SWFTA celebrates twenty years...

17th July 2013

SWFTA Wins a Tasty Treat

SWFTA was the grateful recipient of some delicious cupcakes today courtesy of Radio Plymouth...


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