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 1970 7 mins
A window on to a futuristic vision of concrete, glass and steel.
Industry sponsored film 1964 31 mins
At Rotherham a revolution in steelmaking has human consequences.
Industry sponsored film 1967 26 mins Location: Consett
Sparks fly in an industrial film that captures the exciting visual drama of steel production in Consett.
Industry sponsored film 1951 42 mins Silent
An industrial epic plays out in steelmaking South Wales.
1975 13 mins Silent Location: Swindon
After a glorious history, Baldwin's iron and steelworks in Swindon, Staffordshire, faces closure.
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
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
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Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Weston Park
A stroll in the park for civilised city-dwellers in Edwardian South Yorkshire.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
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