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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Special needs children in Plymouth Drake's Island Adventure holiday
Drake's Island Adventure Holiday for special needs children
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This Westward TV film report by John Doyle highlights the importance of a special activity holiday for children with learning difficulties. In 1969 this type of holiday is offered children who when interviewed show their delight at the experience.
Drake’s Island was named St. Michael’s because they erected a church on it in 1135. A volcanic and limestone rock, Sir Francis Drake became governor of the island in 1583 and this gives the island its present-day name. Plymouth City Council obtained a licence for the Drake's Island Adventure Centre which was opened in 1964. The Mayflower Centre Trust operated the training scheme until 31 March 1989. It is now privately owned by former Plymouth Argyle chairman Dan McCauley.
Advert 1960 1 mins Location: Plymouth
A charming regional commercial for Plymouth’s best loved department store.
Advert 1960 0 mins Location: Plymouth
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Current affairs 1984 1 mins Location: Plymouth
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Current affairs 1965 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Former shipwright turns his talents to model-making.
Current affairs 1962 2 mins Location: Plymouth
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Current affairs 1967 5 mins Location: Plymouth
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Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
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Inside Film 2024 16 mins
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Drama 2023 2 mins
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Romance 2023 2 mins
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Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
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Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.