BFI Projects

Hundreds of our archive films can be browsed through BFI Player

In recent years, we have been able to open up our collections by selecting nearly 1000 films for digitisation through collaboration with the British Film Institute (BFI). The digitised clips give a sense of the South West region as a whole, a changing community with a common past, over the last 100 years. Alongside thousands of other titles, our films help to build up a visual encyclopaedia of British history.

There are historic moments such as a 1941 visit to Plymouth by King George VI just hours before one of the heaviest nights of bombing during the Blitz. There’s also a chance to be entertained by old football highlights, street carnivals, naughty goats, camel-racing or a pram derby. Watch the British Surfing Team riding the waves in Newquay and the early morning bathers diving off the pier in Plymouth Sound. Recent programmes that we have contributed to are Wedding Bells and Disabled Britain on Film.

This is has been possible thanks to the support of several BFI and National Lottery funded programmes.