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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New Lundy Ferry at Bideford
Bideford town celebrates the new Lundy ferry.
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A new ferry doubles as a supply ship and is based at Bideford. The Motor Ship or MS Oldenburg can hold up to two hundred and fifty passengers and runs supplies all year round to Lundy as well as carrying visitors to the islands in the summer months. MS Oldenburg was a German vessel bought by Lundy Co Ltd to replace the transport boat the Polar Bear. The ship was refurbished at Appledore Shipyard and received new engines.
The Landmark Trust runs the ferry and since its purchase Bideford quay has been revamped, Ilfracombe has a new pier and Lundy installed a new jetty. Oldenburg takes up traditional centuries old routes around the Bristol Channel to Gloucester, Clovelly, Swansea and Porthcawl. Lundy is known as Puffin Island and offers beautiful wildlife and an interesting history. Its owner Martin Harman set up a private postal service and since 1974 the Lundy puffinage stamp is accepted for sending mail. The minted coins displaying Harman's head did not however take off as they contravened UK law and trod on Palace toes. Puffin pennies may be sold as mementos but are not legal tender.