About SWFTA

South West Film and Television Archive is the regional film archive for the South West of England. It is one of the largest regional film archives in the UK, a member of the Film Archives UK (FAUK) and recognised as one of the UK’s significant screen heritage collections. SWFTA is a member of the British Film Institute's Film Audience Network (FAN) in the Film Hub SW and is part of The Box, Plymouth combining the resources of Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives under one roof due to open its doors to the public in 2020. The inauguration of The Box will coincide with Mayflower 400 celebrations and give the city of Plymouth a new contemporary space for culture. 

SWFTA was established in 1993 following the closure of the TSW Studios in Plymouth. The collection comprises the catalogues of former ITV franchises, Westward Television (1961-1981) and Television South West (1982-1993). SWFTA is the main repository in the region for film and moving image dating back to the 1890s. It also holds paper records, photos and legacy equipment either donated or retained from the broadcast days. Film and TV reports, documentaries, public and corporate films and videos and amateur donated 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 all the county and unitary authorities in the South West.

 

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