Meet the Volunteers
SWFTA is grateful for the support of dedicated volunteers. An ongoing progamme of voluntteer cordination and support is present across the partnership as Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives move towards The Box, Plymouth.
Roger Charlesworth, Film Editor
Roger is film and videotape editor who worked at Westward TV since its inception and who clocked up 41 years with regional ITV in the South West. Roger remains an active film editor repairing splices, synchronising sound and picture for digitisation.
Graham Russell, Technical Officer
Graham worked at ITV Westcountry until 2009. After volunteering at SWFTA, he beame a part-time member of staff.
Read what Graham says about volunteering at SWFTA on the Testimonials page.
Edward digitises small gauge film, typically 8 or 9.5 mm. Edward has a passion for amateur filmmaking and Music and the Musical Theatre.
Laura is a special needs volunteer who is supported at SWFTA by an enabling assistant. Laura has been working undertaking essential data entry from index cards to the PC to enable improved access and retrieval of archive content. Laura has a bubbly personality and loves being part of the team. Laura says "I love my data catologuing work and enjoy interacting with people at SWFTA."
Colin joined Westward TV as Press and Publicity Officer and became researcher and sub-editor in the newsroom working on the weekly arts and entertainments show "What's Ahead" which he later produced. He worked on the children's show "Get Fresh" and the afternoon quiz "Sounds Like Music" distributed on the national ITV network. He went on to run a pub in Plymouth and on retiring joined SWFTA as a volunteer researcher.
Read what Colin says about volunteering at SWFTA on our Testimonials page.
Rob started volunteering for SWFTA after hearing that people were needed to do a number of tasks he finds interesting; researching and interpreting local history. He volunteered through the Plymouth Guild of Volunteers Centre at Ernest English House and has enjoyed working with the SWFTA team and extending his knowledge, He says "Volunteering at SWFTA is very rewarding and I am glad I applied."
Paul joined SWFTA on retirement from the MOD. His last job was in welfare and casualty management and proir to this spent time in the RAF in administrative and intelligence analysis roles. Paul has a keen interest in history and loves research and volunteering with SWFTA means he combines these interests.
Brian digitises small guage film for SWFTA. Brian qualified as a maths teacher in Scotland and worked at the same secondary school for 37 years and became deputy head. He started the school film society, with weekly screenings of movies on 16mm, using two Bell & Howell projectors. He programmed the occasional arthouse film and the school earned the title of Film Society of the Year by the British Federation of Film Societies. Using 8mm stock, Brian's pupils scripted, shot and edited several films, one of which won the best comedy film at the Canadian International Amateur Film Festival, while another was adjudged by Alan Parker to be the best film in the Scottish International Amateur Film Festival.
Terry is a former chef of the Royal Navy. He helps with document digitisation, asset cataloguing and data logging.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like to know more about volunteering within a film archive, please contact us.