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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Seven O' Clock Regulars' Swimming Club Part 1 of 3
Seven O'Clock Regular Swimmers' Club open the new season with a splash!
Non-Fiction 1929 11 mins Silent
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The Seven O' Clock Regulars' Swimming Club open the new season with a splash. They sing their anthem "Come to the Pier”: "The sun is shining to welcome the day, Heigho! come to the Pier! The boys are so bright & so merry & gay, Heigho! Come to the Pier! There are thin ‘uns and fat ‘uns and tall ‘uns and short, whatever their figures, they’re ready for sport, Come then, seven o’ clock regulars, Dip in the pride of the morning, Our presence cheery is chock full of fun!”
The Regulars are joined by the Mayor Ambrose Andrews and the Mayoress. This film is part of the collection of amateur films by Claude Redvers Endicott, a local butcher. Here he demonstrates early visual effects by reversing the films so the divers come out of the water backwards. Endicott playfully films the swimmers performing comedy sketches. This rare film shows the Promenade Pier in Plymouth pre-the Second World War. Bombed and destroyed in 1942, the pier was never rebuilt and this is believed to be one of a handful of moving images that still exists today showing the old Promenade Pier in Plymouth.
Pioneers of Personal Film
Local Scenes and Family Pictures
Amateur film 1927 14 mins Silent
Grandma and Grandad also join in the fun of this home movie - with beaches, swings & roundabouts and a medieval pageant led by Christopher Robin
1934 Spirits from the Vasty Deep
Amateur film 1934 14 mins Silent Location: Aberystwyth
A new baby holidays with London-based lawyer Goronwy Moelwyn Hughes, his wife and sons, and Lloyd Georges David and Megan discuss a new deal.
Our Holidays 1932
Amateur film 1932 10 mins Silent Location: Walton-On-The-Naze
With the luxury of a beach hut as their base, the Mann family from Southend took any opportunity to head up the coast to spend many happy days at Walton-on-the-Naze
Outing on the Thames
Amateur film 1933 9 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
An interwar outing on the River Thames with a reminder of the Great Western Railway's influence in Birmingham.
Barnstaple Fair in the 1920s
Non-Fiction 1926 5 mins Silent Location: Barnstaple
Join the crowds in Barnstaple for fairground attractions
Tenby Races 1931
Amateur film 1931 16 mins Silent Location: Castell Gorfod
Highlights of the rural year: The Milkmaid of the Year event, the Prince of Wales at the Royal Welsh Show at Llanelli, horse racing at Tenby and a ploughing match at St Clears.
Dingles of Plymouth
Advert 1960 1 mins Location: Plymouth
A charming regional commercial for Plymouth’s best loved department store.
Advert 1960 0 mins Location: Plymouth
Help keep your relationship on track by outsourcing your laundry!
Current affairs 1961 5 mins Location: Plymouth
Cruising into the history books SS Liberté makes its final voyage stopping at Plymouth en route to Le Havre.
Model Clipper Sailor
Current affairs 1965 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Former shipwright turns his talents to model-making.
Current affairs 1977 7 mins Location: Plymouth
The skateboard phenomenon is taking off on Plymouth Hoe.
Current affairs 1970 3 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
Training centre for film and television engineers shows analogue before digital.
The Lost Highway
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.
Colour on the Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
What's Missing from this Picture?
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.
Fun at Rhyl
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.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's
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