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The archive was founded and developed by Ray Johnson and is housed at Staffordshire University – forming one of the Special Collections. In addition to the original archive films collected, there are many hours of complementary video material generated by Ray to inform and enhance the period films – location filming, interviews, relevant visual materials and complete documentary video productions.

All SFA screenings are free of charge and start at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated.

Please note that seats cannot be reserved - arrive early to avoid disappointment.

For more details please visit the SFA website here.

Wednesday 28 February: 6.00 - 9.00pm


Premiere screening of the latest films from final year students of the Media/Film Production Courses at Staffordshire University.

Wednesday 7 March


1964: THE JOLLY POTTERS – the first musical documentary at the pioneering Victoria Theatre in Hartshill: key scenes speculatively filmed for television by Philip Donnellan but never edited or broadcast. Now the original takes have been edited together by Ray Johnson following the stage script in the Victoria Theatre Archive.

1973: THE FIGHT FOR SHELTON BAR – a 1973 documentary about the struggle against the threatened closure of our steelworks, produced by Philip Donnellan working with the steelworkers themselves – but never broadcast. It show the steelworks in full production and features the important role played by The Sentinel and BBC Radio Stoke in keeping our community informed on the daily progress of negotiations. 

Wednesday 14 March


BBC Radio Stoke began broadcasting on March 14th 1968 as BBC Radio Stoke-on-Trent. This celebration has archive footage of the station in operation from day 1 – featuring the pioneer presenters and staff in action and period interviews in the formative years. This is enhanced with contributions and reminiscences from a host of broadcasters, extracts from early programmes and showing how technologies and techniques have changed over the decades. 

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Stoke Film Theatre, College Road, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 2EH Registered Charity no. 504600