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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A special report looks into the preparations for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and her subsequent tour of the South West.
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In this special report on the Queen’s Silver Jubilee schoolchildren are quizzed about the monarch in Bath, Somerset. It examines how the South West is preparing to welcome the Queen on her Silver Jubilee tour in celebration of her twenty-five years on the throne. Elizabeth was born on 21 April 1926 and acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952 as Her Majesty The Queen and is also known by the regnal name of Elizabeth II. In 1967 she went on tour to St Mary's on the Isles of Scilly.
On 20 November 1947 she married Phillip who renounced his titles as a Prince in Greece and Denmark and became His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. At her coronation she was proclaimed as Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith but since her institution actually has 16 regnal titles depending on the realm. In Scotland the title Elizabeth II caused controversy because there had never been an Elizabeth I of Scotland. Since 2012, the year in which the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, the Royal Household is financed by a Sovereign Grant linked to the Government's revenue from the Crown Estate.
Amateur film 1977 5 mins Silent Location: Croydon
It's all bell bottoms and bunting as families gather to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee.
Home movie 1977 10 mins Silent Location: Aberbeeg
Streets are decorated, cakes are baked and the locals are in fancy dress as the community comes together to celebrate the Silver Jubilee.
Amateur film 1935 16 mins Silent Location: Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton celebrates the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary in 1935 with parades, bunting and a lavish pageant in front of an appreciative audience at Molineux.
Amateur film 1977 28 mins Location: Cuckfield
Cuckfield comes together to plan and celebrate the 1977 Silver Jubilee with contributions from the whole community.
Amateur film 1977 2 mins Silent Location: Westminster
Wonderful, colourful scenes of pomp and ceremony as a family enjoy the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations on the Mall.
Amateur film 1977 11 mins Silent Location: Pulham Market
Pancake tossing around the village green, slow bicycle races, five-a-side football, obstacle courses, relay races, and British Bulldogs.
Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Location: Bath
Taking the waters: soldiers suffering from rheumatism and sciatica visit the hot mineral spring at Bath
Non-Fiction 1923 1 mins Location: Frome
The Prince of Wales visits Bath and Frome in this 1923 newsreel for local cinemas
Government sponsored film 1965 25 mins Location: Bath
Post-nuclear planning in Bath - a Civil Defence training film about the billeting of the homeless after a nuclear bomb
Travelogue 1947 17 mins Silent Location: Cheddar Gorge
Hitchcock went the wrong way! Head south by southwest with this travelogue from Bath to Cornwall.
Non-Fiction 1917 10 mins Silent Location: Bath
The parasols and puppet shows are out in this joyful springtime gala for Bath's Red Cross hospitals
Non-Fiction 1917 1 mins Silent Location: Bath
Wartime wedding bells for Richard Lloyd George, son of the PM, at Bath Abbey.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
Plotting world domination, Devil Doctor Fu-Manchu steals plans for a new aero-torpedo in this earliest surviving thrill-a-minute serial instalment.
Inside Film 2024 16 mins
Filmmakers Jane Giles and Ali Catterall discuss their documentary Scala!!!, revisiting the legendary and inspirational cinema venue and some of the most notorious films that screened there.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.