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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Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Geoffrey Howe's Speech at Enterprise Awards
News 1980 4 mins
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Sir Geoffrey Howe appears at the ‘Enterprise Westward’ business conference to discuss the steel industry’s decline in the UK. He was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry in 1972 and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1975 earning the full title in 1979. Before the Bessemer process steel was an expensive resource to produce.
Henry Bessemer demonstrated his technique of blowing air through pig iron to create steel in 1856. In 1875 Britain accounted for 47% of the world’s demand for pig iron and 40% of the Steel production. During the 1970s steel production declined to such an extent the factories and mills were barely operational. By the 1980s, Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher re-privatized the British Steel Corporation (BSC) formed in 1967 to British Steel and invested capital so Britain could once again compete in the global market. Britain's Coal and Steel Industry went into steep decline as public subsidies waned.
Steel on Film
Industry sponsored film 1948 42 mins Location: Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy
The drama and spectacle of steelmaking at Ebbw Vale.
Documentary 1956 30 mins Location: Corby
A richly detailed depiction of the history and technology of the iron ore industry - plus some dramatic explosions.
1950 21 mins Location: Panteg
This Ingot Pictorial – a quarterly review of life inside and outside RTB steelworks – brings back memories of summer events (carnival, tennis, singing cousins) in December.
Industry sponsored film 1935 16 mins Silent Location: Irlam
Inside the steel works - come and take a close look at a very heavy industry.
Documentary 1979 24 mins Location: Bilston
A steelworks and a workforce under the shadow of closure. Bilston faces a cold winter as it loses its traditional heavy industry.
1954 21 mins Location: London
Tom Williams bridges industrial and rural life: he is a fitter at Bryngwyn Sheetworks but, at leisure, carves shepherd's crooks and competes in sheepdog trials with 'Cap'.
Current affairs 1962 4 mins Location: Taunton
Everything is going very well at El Matador Club where gambling forms part of a growing leisure activity.
Current affairs 1975 2 mins Silent Location: Taunton
Students at the College of Art in Taunton hold an end of year fashion show with eye-catching futuristic designs.
News 1986 52 mins Location: Plymouth
This documentary charts the progress and challenges of disabled people living in the community.
News 1975 2 mins Silent Location: Taunton
Wassail queens assemble at Taunton Castle before returning to their respective orchards.
News 1962 12 mins Location: Taunton
Notable interviews are with some of the greatest jazz talent as music lovers gather to celebrate jazz, trad and free.
News 1961 3 mins Silent Location: Taunton
An eccentric Englishman looks to achieve winged flight inspired by Leonardo
Comedy 1896 1 mins Silent
A deft music hall act adapted for film, featuring the only known appearance of pioneer filmmaker Robert Paul
Advert 1985 2 mins
Take a fighter jet, a Top Gun pilot with sunglasses and a brand new SAAB 900 and you have a sure-fire vehicle to launch a Hollywood career.
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
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