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 Loye's College in Exeter
St Loye's College shows its enabling training courses on offer.
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TV reporter David Mudd reports from St Loye's College for the Training and Rehabilitation of the Disabled which offers diplomas in skilled trades for disabled people with the aim of getting them into work. The director Mr King is interviewed about how the college leads the way in training for the disabled. St Loye's College was the vision of Georgiana Buller who recognised the need for aid in enabling disabled people to overcome barriers.
Buller established the Red Cross Voluntary Aided Hospital in Exeter 1914. Born in Crediton, Buller collected funds to establish an orthopaedic hospital for children in Devon, the first school dedicated to occupational therapy in the UK. In 1927 Buller opened the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital in Exeter and in 1937 the St Loye's Training Centre. She founded the British Council for Rehabilitation. She was an early campaigner on disability rights, “Normality! This is the goal to which every disabled individual, without exception, passionately aspires and which all, in their degrees, can achieve if given the right encouragement and opportunity.”
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News 1967 1 mins Silent Location: Exeter
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News 1964 3 mins Location: Exeter
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News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
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Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
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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
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