The archive contains 56 scripts and recordings on 74 VHS tapes and 64 DVDs of Philpott's output over three decades, including the Tonight programme (1961-64), Man Alive (1966-68), The Philpott File (1969-80), and 1980s sponsored promotional/educational films.
From his beginnings in university journalism, Trevor Philpott went on to hold posts at the News Chronicle, Picture Post, and Sunday Times. He won several press awards and a UN medal for services to the cause of refugees (a by-product of his many international stories). He joined the BBC television Tonight programme in 1960, and was to become one of Britain's most respected film reporters throughout the 1960s and 1970s, successfully making the transition from print journalism to film journalism. From Tonight, Philpott moved on to produce, write and present a series of eighty documentaries, commissioned by David Attenborough for BBC2, under the title of The Philpott File (1968-1980).