As a charity, SWFTA's core remit is to provide good access through the provision of material, resources and information. In fulfillment of that, the archive operates in consideration of the following key standards:

- The Standard for Access to Archives, 2008 (The National Council on Archives)
- ILFA - Inspiring Learning for All (Museums, Libraries and Archives Council)

SWFTA's access activities include providing footage for exhibitions and screenings,  hosting HE workshops, selling DVDs and footage for a number of productions and working with film makers and broadcasters as well as providing copies of news items or programmes from the television collections for members of the public.

SWFTA has also supported an enormous variety of community projects over the years. See our Projects Archive page for details. 

SWFTA offers a research service and can undertake detailed enquiry of the collections on your behalf. We also offer a transfer to digital service for people who want to preserve their own films/tapes (applies to both SW and non SW material),

Image: A still from a Moviebus Project screening, footage from SWFTA. 

SWFTA's collections are available to all including educational establishments, museums, commercial producers and researchers, writers, historians and members of the public. We also welcome new collections from members of the public. 

Postal, telephone and email enquiries are welcome. Anyone wishing to visit the archive should make contact in advance to arrange an appointment.


Image: The public foyer welcome space at SWFTA (2015)


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