The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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News 1978 1 mins Silent
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Shipbuilding is a prehistoric past-time. Archaeological evidence points to ships being produced as early as 3000BC. The Torridge Estuary has seen many battles throughout its history and the town of Bideford has evolved around trade from fishing, to the export of semi-precious metals, smuggling and shipbuilding. Ships built at Bideford include HMS Mutine and HMS Garland.
Bideford is a port on the Torridge estuary with a long tradition in shipbuilding. In 1902 Robert Cook and Sons built wrought iron vessels in the Iron Yard at Appledore and in 1912 the last wooden constructed schooner ‘PT Harris’ was built after PK Harris and Sons purchased the Hubbastone yard. In recent history the shipping yards in Bideford have been used to repair, modify and build crafts and items of equipment.
Shipbuilding on Film
Industry sponsored film 1957 7 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
The famous Swan Hunter shipyards on the Tyne grease the slipway for another stirring launch in the prosperous 1950s.
Non-Fiction 1910 8 mins Silent
The construction and launch of the S.S. Olympic, the sister ship of the Titanic.
Royal Visit to Barrow and Launch of HMS Dominion (1903) Royal Visit to Barrow and Launch of HMS Dominion (1903)
Non-Fiction 1903 5 mins Silent Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Princess Louise comes to Edwardian Barrow in Furness to christen the battleship HMS Dominion.
Documentary 1952 25 mins
A heart-warming tale about a Tyneside shipyard worker who dreams of a cruise on the luxury ocean liner he helps to build.
Workforce of Scott & Co. Shipyard, Greenock (1901) Workforce of Scott & Co. Shipyard, Greenock (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Greenock
Unruly shipworkers defy direction from Mitchell and Kenyon's showmen partners.
Launch of the "Athelsultan" Built to the Order of Athel Lines Ltd, London by Smith Docks Ltd, Southbank-on-Tees Launch of the "Athelsultan" Built to the Order of Athel Lines Ltd, London by Smith Docks Ltd, Southbank-on-Tees
Industry sponsored film 1950 9 mins Silent Location: Middlesbrough
Grandeur, excitement and pride for a Middlesbrough crowd at the Smiths Dock launch of a ship for the Sugar Line.
News 1962 5 mins Location: Westward Ho!
Seaside traders at Westward Ho! are none too happy about the turnout.
News 1985 2 mins Location: Bideford
Bideford town celebrates the new Lundy ferry.
Home movie 1935 3 mins Silent Location: Bideford
A family holiday is filmed in and around Bideford.
News 1976 1 mins Silent Location: Bideford
Mr. Moonlight', Frankie Vaughan on flit to Bideford.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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