This East Anglian Film Archive website is the most visible output of its £1m project “Building the People’s Digital Film Archive for the East of England”. This was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the University of East Anglia and Screen Heritage UK in 2010-2011.
The project in full comprised:
a major cataloguing programme, completing the inventory of 30,000 film items in 700 collections;
the installation of a sophisticated multi-format film digitisation and master file storage infrastructure;
the digitisation of 500 hours of film;the production of this website which contains 200 hours of film;
the production of a mobile film show unit with the same 200 hours for film show presentation, based with six partners around the east of England.
This website contains 1,200 individual films, a representative selection from the Archive’s collections. They range in date from 1896 to 2010.
The total running time of these 1,200 titles is about 200 hours, so the average running time of a film in this website is about ten minutes. This is typical of the kind of films held by the Archive (see the ‘About the Archive’ section in the top navigation bar for more information) and reflects the fact that these are mostly non-fiction films and that many are television news items, or amateur films.
Website film content summary
The chart below indicates approximately how many films and hours are from each decade – by far the biggest number of titles is from the 1960s (about 50 hours), which reflects the significance of the beginning of regional television with Anglia TV and BBC East both starting broadcasting at the end of 1959.