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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St. Ives' Feast Day
St. Ives' Feast Day and Hurling the Silver Ball
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St. Ives' Feast day is a local tradition observed by locals and tourists alike. St. Ives was considered isolated by land depending solely on fishing and its port for trade until the Great Western Railway linked it via St. Erth in 1877. St. Ives first enters recorded history with the arrival of Saint La from Ireland, who introduced Christianity to the area in the 5th century and legend has it she built an oratory where the current Parish church now stands.
The ancient tradition of St. Ives’ Feast day and the throwing of the silver ball celebrate the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St La in 1434. Annually on the 9 February 1977 the festivities start with a procession from the St. La Well near West Pier. This year the Hurling of the Silver Ball has been thrown by Mayor T. Allan Harvey onto Porthmeor beach and parades through the town end with the mayor throwing coins from the balcony of the Guildhall to the crowd. Tradition dictates the silver ball is given back to the Mayor at noon in return for a silver penny.
News 1983 4 mins Location: St Ives
Tune down, turn off and scoop out as the famous outlet for ice cream closes its doors.
1925 1 mins Silent Location: St Ives
The notoriously windy Cornish art and fishing town is hit upon by the sea
Travelogue 1938 15 mins Location: St Ives
Rapid survey of early Cornish history, featuring its language, landscape and industries.
Amateur film 1935 12 mins Silent Location: Penzance
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Advert 1912 19 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
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News 1963 2 mins Silent Location: St Ives
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Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
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
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Documentary 1941 6 mins
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Comedy 2023 2 mins
En-route to her hen weekend, bride-to-be Faye kills the vibe with a bombshell confession.
Documentary 2023 2 mins
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