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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Totnes Course for Dog Trainers
How to train your dog
News 1963 1 mins Silent
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Owners take to the field with their dogs to receive practical guidance on effective training as well as tips in understanding canine behaviour. Training dogs for herding purposes dates back to Roman times, these early techniques are now universally recognised. Dogs may be trained to perform tasks for owners including hunting, herding, assisting the military, police and border and security personnel and aiding persons with disabilities such as guide or hearing dogs.
Barbara Woodhouse became a household name and an international celebrity with her no nonsense 1980 television series Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way with Sit! and Walkies! becoming her catchphrases as much for their tone as their pitch. Dogs are the oldest domesticated animals and have become attuned to human behaviour. Dogs have earned the title of a man’s best friend.
Animals on Film
Documentary 1940 12 mins
Fun mixture of natural history and wartime public information.
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Sweet and funny short about a potty-mouthed dog who loves his owner
Non-Fiction 1959 3 mins
Six legged competitors take to the starting blocks as a Midlands pub brings the sport of beetle racing to the world.
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Daisy the pet alligator living on the Lizard in Cornwall
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Amateur film 1967 14 mins Location: Thompson Common
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News 1966 2 mins Silent Location: Totnes
The Mexican Fiesta hits town and brings with it Aztec glory and sombreros!
News 1962 1 mins Silent Location: Totnes
The Earl of Devon opens Grazing new animal feed mill in Totnes
News 1970 6 mins Location: Totnes
Fred Chaulk remembers the Totnes workhouse of the 1920s
News 1970 5 mins Location: Totnes
The unique town of Totnes is described for viewers
Amateur film 1975 33 mins Silent Location: Rainhill
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News 1977 7 mins Location: Totnes
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1926 40 mins Silent
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