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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Sikh Wedding in Exeter
A Sikh couple celebrates blissful union.
News 1971 1 mins Silent
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Anand Karaj meaning Blissful Event is the name given to the Sikh wedding ceremony. The groom in ceremonial costume arrives on horseback carrying a kirpan or sword accompanied by baraatis or members of the groom’s family. The procession may be preceded by a milni where both families meet and gifts and sweets are exchanged. This wedding takes place in the Gurdwara or Sikh Temple in Exeter in the holy presence of the Sikh scriptures of Guru Granth Sahib.
Sikh hymns known as Shabads are sung and the couple sit side by side. They seek the blessing of the Wondrous Giver of Knowledge Waheguru for the Anand marriage. The officiator reads the four lavan or stanzas and the groom leads the bride around the Guru Granth Sahib. Living as a householder is respected in Guru Nanak’s society and men and women's equality is enshrined in the teachings of the scriptures of Guru Granth Sahib.
The Wedding of Kathleen and Idris
Amateur film 1955 10 mins Silent Location: Llanarmon-yn-Ial
Beautiful but unusual wedding film in that a pig makes a brief and unexpected appearance, and the bridesmaids appear to be going off on honeymoon with the bride and groom.
A Momento of your Wonderfull Day
Amateur film 1968 10 mins Silent Location: Aberystwyth
The groom, Robin Varley, waiting on the steps of the Tabernacle Chapel, in Powell Street, Aberystwyth, on 19/10/1968, looks at his watch. Where is she, his bride, Beryl Jones?
“Let’s Dream” Introducing Clarkson-Richardson Wedding
Amateur film 1949 9 mins Silent Location: Jarrow
A beautiful memento of a post-war wedding in Jarrow on South Tyneside.
The Wedding, the Beekeeper, the Pigs and the Broads
Home movie 1933 10 mins Silent Location: Pendine Sands
Brayshays in Laugharne, Buckleys at Llangynin, 'Voyager' on the Thames, 'Seafarer' on Pendine Sands and 'Herzogin Cecilie' on the rocks.
Princess Di Wedding and Winter Snow
Amateur film 1982 4 mins Location: Harrow
Everyone's home in Harrow to witness Lady Di's debut as a Royal and a record-breaking winter causes chaos in 1981.
The Wedding of Peter and Judith Elliott
Amateur film 1956 14 mins Silent Location: Pinner
Hats, stumbles and happy faces at this wedding film from 1956, taken at the service and reception of Judith and Peter Elliott in Pinner.
Charm Hostess and Mannequin School
Current affairs 1965 6 mins Location: Exeter
Women are put through their deportment paces and all in the name of etiquette.
One Per Cent of Us - One in a Hundred
News 1986 52 mins Location: Plymouth
This documentary charts the progress and challenges of disabled people living in the community.
St Loye's College in Exeter
News 1962 3 mins Location: Exeter
St Loye's College shows its enabling training courses on offer.
Fancy Dress Pageant
News 1976 1 mins Silent Location: Exeter
Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education's perform in a fancy dress pageant.
News 1967 1 mins Silent Location: Exeter
Champion swimmer Linda Hockworthy returns to the pool after a recent leg amputation.
St Loye's Toymaker
News 1964 3 mins Location: Exeter
St Loye's College graduate says never say die until you're dead!
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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