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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The Introduction of the InterCity 125 to Truro
The Mayor of Truro John Farndon at the launch of British Rail’s new InterCity 125 high-speed train
News 1980 1 mins
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Truro Mayor John Farndon examines British Rail's InterCity 125. The high-speed diesel is designed by Kenneth Grange introduces high-speed travel when the Advanced Passenger Train technology encounters difficulties. The engine with its trademark streamlined front, as much for protection as aerodynamics, has a top speed of 125-148 mph making it the fastest diesel-powered train of a generation. By 1976 the first InterCity 125s are introduced.
A reproduction of Stephenson's Rocket is on hand too at the launch as a doff to another train which revolutionised travel. The early steam locomotive was designed by father and son, George and Robert with Henry Booth and built for the Rainhill Trials, which it won, held by the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1829 with the purpose of serving the two cities. In the 1950s and early 60s the British Transport Commission wanted to modernise the network to compete with new motorways, speeding up inter-city travel.
Train to the Future
Documentary 1972 8 mins
A musical illustration of life where road traffic chaos breeds anger and frustration, but the rail network is fast, smooth and relaxing
Southern Electric Brighton Belle Pullman
Amateur film 1967 9 mins
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Non-Fiction 1965 5 mins Location: Consallforge
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Kineton Signal Box
Non-Fiction 1965 4 mins Location: Kineton
Dr Beeching has ensured that the last train has now departed from Kineton so what is there to do but drink tea and enjoy the quiet life?
To Build an Island's Future
Promotional 1954 7 mins Location: Loughborough
Through blazing sun and monsoon rain new British built diesel locomotives keep communications open on the far off island of Ceylon.
Sale of Railway Fittings
Non-Fiction 1964 5 mins Location: Derby
A sentimental sale or simply for profit? British Railways sells off the history that doesn't fit with the swinging sixties.
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Advert 1904 19 mins Location: Plymouth
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Compton Castle of Truro
News 1982 3 mins Location: Compton Castle
The old paddle steamer still has legs.
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News 1932 4 mins Location: Truro
Trurorians enjoy street carnival celebrations
Burn Your Bra!
News 1968 2 mins Location: Truro
The Women’s Liberation movement’s burn your bra campaign hits Truro.
News 1965 6 mins Location: Truro
Clive Gunnell reports from Carlyon Farm
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News 1976 8 mins Location: Truro
Journey on the Great Scenic Railway from Truro to Falmouth
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Inside Film 2016 31 mins
The stars of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet are reunited on stage for the first time since 1968 as part of the BFI and British Council’s Shakespeare on Film.
Amateur film 1965 11 mins Location: Redhill Aerodrome
The skies above Redhill are abuzz with planes as the fliers of Surrey's Tiger Club perform an aerial show for the crowds below
Brighton Seaside - Airshow & Silver Jubilee in Bromley
Amateur film 1977 11 mins Location: Brighton
Tony Mitchell captures a variety of events during Jubilee year - including day trips to Brighton and a bunting covered London as well as an accident at an airshow
This is Bournemouth
Promotional 1969 17 mins Location: Bournemouth
Bournemouth. A holiday resort that’s got the lot. Sunshine, sandy beaches, gardens, shops, fine dining and entertainment - with sports stars and a few beauty queens thrown in
The Building of the Eastern Road flyover on the M27
Amateur film 1970 7 mins Location: Hilsea
The roads around Portsmouth are about to be transformed with concrete and steel in this 1970 film from W J Evans.
A Tour of Conservative Wards in Southampton
Amateur film 1935 14 mins Location: Southampton
A Tory MP and his wife meet their female battalions in a tour of Southampton's wards - while Stanley Baldwin lends his own support at an outdoor fete