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Plymouth Pasts: a city through the lens
Aided by a £13,000 grant in March 2009 from South West Screen, Plymouth and West Devon Record Office worked closely with the South West Film and Television Archive and other partners to create themed packages of archive moving image. These related to aspects of the city’s past and its changing face as seen through the filmed media of the day.
To view samples the archive moving image footage, click on the links below:
- The ‘Rotunda’ petrol station, Bretonside. This was the first self-service station of its kind. Because of its shape it continued to be a Plymouth icon for many years. Produced in 1963 by Westward Television News.
- The opening of the flyover at Marsh Mills. Produced in 1992 by Television South West.
- The return of HMS Penelope to Devonport naval base following the Falklands conflict. Produced in 1982 by Television South West.
All material is used by kind permission of South West Film and Television Archive.
Plymouth City Centre Exhibition
Our 'City Through a Lens' exhibition was placed in Frankfort Gate, Place de Brest and the Jigsaw Garden (near the Cornwall street entrance to the Drake Circus shopping centre). They were complemented by film clips from the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA), screened at regular intervals on the Big Screen in Armada Way.
The exhibition was made possible thanks to funding from South West Screen and support from the Plymouth City Centre Company and was curated by social enterprise FotoNow.
For images of the displays, see our Flickr page.