by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

Today’s post brings you some updates from the work our archivists, curators and collections staff are doing on the film front and at our offsite store.

Richard Broomhall, artistFirstly, the winning artists for the 2018 Peninsula Arts Film Commission have been announced. Richard Broomhall (pictured right), Chris Bailey and Ieuan Jones will now have the opportunity to portray their take on our changing understanding of history on film, after being selected from a range of regional and national entries.

Bristol-based Broomhall and Plymouth-based Bailey and Jones will create short films that will be premiered during this year’s Plymouth Art Weekender in September. Their films will respond to the theme of ‘Revolutions’ and they will be given access to and make use of material from the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA).

You can read the full press release here.

SWFTA have been busy on other fronts too.

Colin Firth in 'The Mercy'They recently supplied archive footage of sailor Donald Crowhurst to be screened before ‘The Mercy’ at Plymouth Arts Centre.

‘The Mercy’ tells the true story of Crowhurst who came from Teignmouth, and his attempt to win the first non-stop single-handed round-the-world yacht race in 1968. The film follows the tragic tale of his solo voyage and stars British actor Colin Firth.

Pele, footballerSWFTA also added a new film clip to the BFI Player – starring non-other than football legend Pele!

Did you know that in March 1973 he played against Plymouth Argyle and lost?

The final score at Home Park was 3-2 to Argyle in their friendly match against Brazilian club Santos FC. Pele was there on his final tour for the club which he had played for since his debut in 1956 at the age of just 15.

You can watch the clip here.


I also have some new images from our offsite store, courtesy of our Art Curator Terah. These hopefully give you a small insight into the range of work everyone is doing.

Here we have Researcher Susan identifying drawings from our historically significant Cottonian Collection……….

Susan Leedham identifying Cottonian Collection drawings at the offsite store

……….In this image our Collections Assistants are sorting out old exhibition posters……….

Collections Assistants sorting out exhibition posters at the offsite store

……….Decant Officer Steve can be seen here taking a painting from our Cottonian Collection out of its crate ready for a conservation check……….

Decant Officer Steve uncrating a Cottonian painting for a conservation check at the offsite store

……….and here’s a conservator undertaking a condition check of our portrait of Plymouth Porcelain ‘pioneer’ William Cookworthy.

Conservator condition checking our painting of William Cookworthy at the offsite store

As these hopefully show, there’s a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes to prepare our collections ready for the move to The Box once all the building and construction work is complete.

I’ll be back next week with a Build Update.