Thurs 1st April 2021 - Fri 9th April 2021 – CLOSED

Mon 12th April 2021 - Re-opening



EAFA will be closed for the Easter weekend and the following working week from Monday 1st April 2021 until Friday 9th April 2021.  We will re-open on Monday 12th April 2021.


The EAFA email inbox will not be monitored during this period.  We will respond to any enquiries upon our return in the week commencing Monday 12th April 2021.  


Please do not send mail to or visit The Archive Centre as this is closed to visitors until further notice.


We wish you all a safe, fun, and relaxing Easter bank holiday weekend.






22 March 2021


East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) successfully secures

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Capability for Collections (CapCo) funding.


This funding will allow the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) to considerably extend and accelerate its preservation of extremely at-risk video collections that represent invaluable research resources for a range of academic disciplines. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, has confirmed £39,539 of funding to purchase seven video digitisation suites.  Access to moving image material on video will be beneficial to research.  It will enable the archive to provide researchers with easier and quicker access to video material for projects.  EAFA is a thriving research centre within the University of East Anglia (UEA), with the archive collaborating with academics from across UEA on a range of funded research projects (UKRI/TNA/NLHF) and educational initiatives in areas including media history, digital heritage, screen education and medical humanities. These projects reflect the strengths of EAFA’s collections in amateur filmmaking (including the international, award-winning Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC) collection) and regional television (ITV Anglia and BBC East), but also EAFA's cutting-edge digital expertise and infrastructure.

Professor Christopher Smith, Executive Chair of AHRC said:

‘Galleries, libraries, archives and museums are the bedrock of our culture and heritage economy, anchoring us to our past and pointing to innovation to safeguard our future. As these institutions are increasingly vulnerable, it is essential that we invest in the research facilities that drive their success. Working alongside institutions that define our cultural sector, Capability for Collections is a £15 million investment which will modernise these spaces and serve modern communities for generations.’

EAFA’s Academic Director Dr Tim Snelson who is leading the project commented:

‘This funding will allow us to enhance and accelerate the Archive’s ongoing preservation work on at-risk video collections, making them accessible to UEA’s academic community and external researchers. The new digitisation suites will also allow us to develop future skills for UEA staff, students and volunteers’.

For further information please contact EAFA’s Archive Manager Angela Graham by email or telephone 07722881453.




27 January 2021


East Anglian Film Archive and the University of East Anglia’s

School of Education awarded a grant from

The National Archives ‘Digital Testbed’ Fund


The East Anglian Film Archive and the University of East Anglia’s School of Education have successfully secured funding from the National Archive’s ‘Digital Testbed’ programme. The purpose of the fund is to encourage archive services to trial new approaches and enable the learning outcomes to be shared with the wider archive sector. EAFA's extensive collections of film, video and born-digital content, covering the 1890s to the present, are a valuable resource for academics, post-doctoral researchers and educators working across a range of disciplines.  This pilot project brings together expertise from EAFA and Dr John Gordon, the Co- director of Research and Reader in English Education at UEA’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning.

EAFA’s Academic Director Dr Tim Snelson has commented that “The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) is delighted to be partnering with UEA’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning on this innovative project investigating the most effective uses of archival clips in teaching. This project is a timely and important intervention at a time when the ongoing educational and social disruptions caused by Covid have highlighted the importance of digital access and engagement with cultural resources.”









Mon 21st Dec 2020 - Fri 1st Jan 2021 - CLOSED

Mon 4th Jan 2021 - Re-opening



EAFA will be closed for Christmas and the New Year from Monday 21st December 2020.  We will re-open on Monday 4th January 2021.


The EAFA email inbox will not be monitored during this festive period.  We will respond to any enquiries upon our return in the week commencing Monday 4th January 2021.  


Please do not send mail to or visit The Archive Centre as this is closed to visitors until further notice.


We wish you all a safe, fun, and relaxing Christmas and look forwarding to hearing from you in the New Year.







Tuesday 14 July 2020


History Begins At Home


Now more than ever, we are looking to new ways of connecting and sharing our lives with others. History Begins At Home is a national campaign which aims to bring together friends and family from different generations through memories, providing themes every two weeks to act as a starting point for conversations.



From the Waveney Valley railway line to the Ford Escort Mark I, a couple of matchstick model makers to stop-motion animations by schoolchildren, EAFA has been supporting the initiative by sourcing clips and stills from the Archive’s collections relating to each new topic; so far, these have included Hobbies, Cars & Transport and School, with Fashion, Work and Holidays on the horizon. These subjects can be revisited at any time- HBAH organisers within the Chief Archivists in Local Government Group and the Archives for Wellbeing Network encourage people to keep their conversations going, and to share their stories on social media using theme-specific tags or the campaign tag #HistoryBeginsAtHome. Their main account, @BeginsHistory, provides ideas on how to engage with the past and capture the present through guidance and prompts for discussion.



History Begins at Home has already elicited encouraging positive reactions, with many people getting involved in response to EAFA’s material. The campaign continues on Facebook or Twitter, where you can find more inspiration, activities and challenges. 






Wednesday 27 May 2020


BFI Repurposes 'Britain on Film' Series For Lockdown Viewing




During the COVID-19 pandemic, the British Film Institute has repurposed themes from its ‘Britain on Film’ series for audiences to enjoy whilst in lockdown. Created as part of the ‘Unlocking our Film Heritage’ project, ‘Britain on Film’ is free to access for everyone in the UK and comprises over 10,000 films- this includes rare and previously unseen footage from across the country, which can be searched for by location using the ‘Britain on Film’ map.

One popular title in the series contributed by EAFA is ‘Almost Human’ (from EAFA Cat. 1745), as part of the ‘Cats vs. Dogs’ category. Produced by William and Ken King for the Cambridge Accident Prevention Council, this is a road safety video like no other, featuring Jill the Golden Labrador and a host of other performing pups as she takes a trip to the shops. The film is available to watch here on BFI Player, but you can also explore the series, including a range of films from the East Anglian region, on the BFI website at There’s plenty there to keep you entertained! 




Wednesday 20 May 2020


Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24 May 2020:

Kindness and the East Anglian Film Archive's

'Care in the Community'


Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 focuses on ‘kindness’; caring for our own mental health and that of others is the kindest thing we can do at the moment. The East Anglian Film Archive’s 1964 film ‘Care in the Community’ (from the ITV Anglia film, EAFA Cat. 214119) shows a time when kindness towards those suffering was not always forthcoming. Donated by Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Richard Fox, it documents the story of five elderly women, all of whom had been institutionalised at Severalls Mental Hospital in Colchester, now living in a ‘three-quarter-way house’. One of the first of its kind, they lived independently without interference, other than occasional visits from social workers.

The women are keen to tell reporter John McGregor how happy they are to be living outside of the hospital. When asked about her new neighbours, Mrs. Brooks welcomes them as ‘charming and delightful people’. Reverend Knockles is also optimistic about the scheme, hoping it will become an established custom. The women take care of themselves, and of each other- if the condition of one deteriorates, the others nurse her through.

Community care for those suffering from mental health issues has long been encouraged, but change has been slow; it’s heartwarming, then, to see signs of it in this film. Considering the enormous financial saving for the hospital, too – Dr. Fox estimated it could be over £3,000 – it seems the benefits of helping mental health patients to remain integrated members of society by demonstrating tolerance, understanding and kindness are not to be underestimated.

Watch ‘Care in the Community- A Very New Idea’ on BFI Player.






Wednesday 6 May 2020


The East Anglian Film Archive

Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

with a Short Film Compilation


Image:  EAFA Cat. No. 1698 ‘VE Day Party’ (1945) Aspley Guise, Beds (Filmmaker: A.R. Sinfield)


75 years after VE Day on 8th May 1945, the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) presents a snapshot of life on the home front in a ten-minute compilation film, available to watch for free here.


With scenes from Aspley Guise and Woburn Sands War Weapons Week, Norwich city centre after the Baedeker raids, and street parties celebrating VE Day, we hope that the film will offer a look back in time at some familiar places whilst rekindling memories of the region’s tenacity, resilience and positivity – something which no doubt many will be calling on once again at this time.



Image:  EAFA Cat. No. 1698 ‘VE Day Party’ (1945) Aspley Guise, Beds (Filmmaker: A.R. Sinfield)



The footage was produced by some important amateur filmmakers whose collections are held by EAFA:  Aspley Guise resident A.R. Sinfield, USAAF Radar and Communications Officer Captain Charles Rowsell, Cambridge University don Trevor Spittle, and East Essex Gazette photographer Herbert Smerdon all documented their lives during wartime.  More information about the filmmakers and their films can be found by searching our website.


The full films used in the compilation can also be viewed by following these links:




Once the COVID-19 pandemic improves, EAFA intends to provide a digital version of the film that can be licensed by organisations interested in screening it for free. Any organisation who would like to screen the film should email and we’ll be pleased to send you a digital file and a free licence agreement. We ask that you report back to us with audience numbers.







Thursday 30 April 2020


East Anglian Film Archive Footage Features in

New EVCOM & BFI Film Raising Funds for NHS Charities



A new film project titled ‘These are the Hands’, looking to raise money for NHS Charities Together, includes material from a Cambridgeshire heart surgeon’s film collection held by EAFA. Produced by the Event and Visual Communication Association in partnership with the British Film Institute, the film is available to watch here.


Inspired by a poem of the same name written for the 60th anniversary of the NHS by former poet laureate Michael Rosen, ‘These are the Hands’ celebrates the history of the health service through films from across the UK.


EAFA’s contribution to the project comes from Christopher Parish: a heart surgeon at Papworth Hospital, he led pioneering work on heart-lung surgery there and became the first cardiothoracic surgeon at what is now the UK’s largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital. Christopher was also a keen home movie-maker, and he used a Super 8 camera to film his life and interests in and out of work during the 1960s and 1970s. His 1962 film, 'The Traditions of a Surgeon at Christmas' - viewable in BFI Player – is a short scene from Cat. 221951- Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire - 'Events 1962' in EAFA’s collection. It depicts Papworth Hospital - where Christopher would often visit on Christmas Day – along with the staff who worked there, a visit from the Queen, and scenes of rural life around Cambridgeshire. A group portrait scene taken from the beginning of this film was selected for inclusion in this new film.


100% of funds raised will go towards NHS Charities Together who represent, support and champion NHS Charities.

To make a donation, please visit:







Monday 6 April 2020



Mon 6th to Weds 8th April - Available 9.30am to 4.30pm*

Thurs 9th April - CLOSED

Good Friday 10th April - CLOSED

Easter Monday 13th April - CLOSED

Tues 14th April - CLOSED

Weds 15th April to Fri 17th April - Available 9.30 to 4.30pm*


*In response to the latest Government and Public Health England advice regarding COVID-19, colleagues at EAFA are now working remotely.

We are running a slightly reduced service but we are responding to emails as soon as we are able.  Please email

Please do not send mail to or visit The Archive Centre as this is closed to visitors until further notice. 

For up to date University advice and guidance about COVID-19 please refer to the UEA website.

Thank you for your patience in these challenging times.




Wednesday 11 March 2020


EAFA Mash-up Filmmaking Competition 2020



EAFA's annual filmmaking competition is due to return later this month.  You can follow updates by checking in on our dedicated Mash-up page in the "Highlights" section of this website:








Friday 6 March 2020


'Making Amateur Women Filmmakers Visible'

British Women Amateur Filmmakers Project 

Report published

This report by UEA – ‘Making Women Filmmakers Visible across the UK’s Film Archives' is now available to read here. It has been commissioned by Film Archives UK to explore the current scale and scope of the holdings of women’s amateur filmmaking within the regional and national film and media archives and to investigate ways of optimising their visibility.

The report follows on from an initial project in 2015, ‘Women’s Amateur Film’ when the UEA worked in association with FAUK member, the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) highlighting the role of women’s international filmmaking.

The success of that initial project led to Film Archives UK commissioning the WAF team to undertake the nationwide archive mapping exercise of women’s amateur filmmaking that informs this report.

Surveying content from FAUK member archives – East Anglian Film Archive, Screen Archive South East, North West Film Archive, Lincolnshire Film Archive, The National Screen & Sound Archive of Wales, The National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive representing holdings right across the UK , the report champions the important work already done by film and media archives and historians and provides data for Film Archives UK, and the individual archives, to help raise the profile of some of the women filmmakers and to make them and their rich, fascinating work visible again.




Wednesday 8 January 2020


'Making Amateur Women Filmmakers Visible'

British Women Amateur Filmmakers Project - First Publication Online Now


The first publication by the team behind the ‘Women Amateur Filmmakers in Britain’ project is available to read with open access online.  Co-authored by Professor Keith Johnston and Dr Sarah Hill, and published in Women’s History Review journal, ‘Making Amateur Women Filmmakers Visible’, is available to read here


Find out more about The Women Amateur Filmmakers in Britain project

and watch a selection of the digitised films






Wednesday 4 December 2019







  • The BFI’s Britain on Film, an online archive of over 10,000 films, has amassed 75 million views since its launch in 2015 and features films from all over the UK.
  • A top 10 list of the most watched films from the East features St Albans from 1920, a snapshot tour of early sixties East Anglia and the redevelopment of Watford in 1975.
  • The National Lottery has invested over £34.9million into over 700 film-related projects in the East over the past 25 years.


Billy Elliot, Philomena, Wild Rose, Pride, Suffragette, I, Daniel Blake, The Souvenir, Gosford Park and The King’s Speech are some of the most critically acclaimed and well-known UK films – all of which have been backed by National Lottery funding.


National Lottery players have supported the production of more than 500 UK films over the past 25 years, enjoyed by audiences at home and abroad, attracting more than 100 million cinema admissions in the UK.


In the East- Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Suffolk and  East Anglia- alone, the National Lottery has invested £34.9million into over 700 film-related projects over the past 25 years including films such as 45 Years, Pin Cushion, The Duchess, Irene’s Ghost and  X+Y.


However, some of the most watched films in the East are not mainstream blockbusters, they don’t feature BAFTA winning actors nor do they feature rousing music. They are a vast range of documentaries, home movies, news footage, forgotten TV programmes and government films from throughout the last century that feature in the National Lottery funded BFI project Britain On Film.


The no1 most watched film is In Old St Albans in 1920, a travelogue that takes in all its glory including the Cathedral, Clock Tower and roman ruins that punctuate the bustling street scenes.


Britain on Film is an ambitious project- one of the largest and most complex archival projects ever undertaken by the BFI and one of the most successful with over 75 million online views to date, 78% of those outside of London and the South East having launched in 2015. It has made over 10,000 titles from 120 years’ worth of films available to the British public for free, drawn from the BFI National Archive and regional and national archive partners from across the UK.


The Top 10 most watched films in the East through Britain on Film:


  1. In Old St Albans (1920), BFI

Popular with Romans, monks, and the Hertfordshire Albanians of 1920 and today, the historic city of St Albans was made to be put on film. A fantastic phantom ride into the market place reveals a familiar yet subtly different landscape - even the ubiquitous coffee shops of today have an analogue in the St Albans Workman's Coffee Tavern.


  1. Market Day at St. Albans (1969), East Anglian Film Archive

Amateur filmmaker John Anderson captures the tail end of the sixties, incidentally showing the pop culture and homeware trends of this era, visiting market day in St. Albans.


  1. Sudbury Market (1979), East Anglian Film Archive

A crowded market place of bargain hunters in Sudbury Town; with the magnificent St. Peter's Church prominent in the square. Sudbury’s market is more than 1000 years old, mentioned in a charter dating back to 1009. It is still running today and is one of Suffolk’s biggest and best markets.


  1. Dunstable Looks Towards 2000 (1965), East Anglia Film Archive

Narrated by broadcast Michael Aspel, Beds County Planners look to the future with the solution of a modern pedestrianised shopping precinct for the problem of overbearing town centre traffic on Dunstable shoppers.


  1. River Ride (1963), East Anglian Film Archive

On the Essex line from Wivenhoe to Brightingsea, Guard Proctor checks for tickets as passengers share the wonderful view of yacht racing on the River Colne from their carriage.


  1. Around the Village Green (1937), BFI

The Essex villages of Finchingfield and Great Bardfield represent the idyllic English village of popular cliché in this film, aimed chiefly at the overseas tourist market of the 1930s.


  1. Changing Watford 1975-76, East Anglian Film Archive

In 1978, Prince Charles arrives to open the new YMCA in Charter Place. This film goes back to chart the ?12 million development which transformed the heart of Watford.


  1. Tour of Stevenage (1970), East Anglian Film Archive

Time-lapse photography, the view from the passenger seat of a moving car travelling around Stevenage, giving a visual tour and mapping the layout of England's first New Town.


  1. Here and There (1954), East Anglian Film Archive

An insight into Hertfordshire as seen through the eyes of a local cine enthusiast, including views of Hemel Hempstead, Watford, Maidenhead, Whipsnade Zoo, Hastings, Welwyn, Hertford, Hatfield, Harpenden and Stevenage.


  1. Around East Anglia (1963), East Anglian Film Archive

A visual tour of East Anglia, captured by an amateur filmmaker, and featuring many of the region’s settlements, from rural hamlet to coastal town and beyond. Beginning in Cambridgeshire, at the county’s capital, then over the border to West Suffolk, next Essex, before returning to Suffolk this time the east of the county, and finally touring Norfolk.


Comedian and amateur film historian, Paul Merton said: “Britain on Film is an ambitious project that has made the rich unseen film history of the UK accessible to the whole nation, with thousands of titles from 120 years’ worth of films drawn from the BFI National Archive and regional and national archive partners from across the UK and Northern Ireland from Victorian times to the 1990s.

“Whilst you or I may never have heard of them before and they will never trouble the weekly box office lists, the films have captured the imagination of the British public and amassed an incredible 75 million online views. They are incredible and are a wonderful way to get lost in our history and heritage for an hour, or even a day. I love it, and all thanks to those pink tickets at newsagents.”

Patrick Russell, Senior Curator of Non-Fiction at the BFI said: “Britain on Film has completely transformed the British public’s access to the archives preserving UK film and TV heritage.  This simply would not have been possible without funding from the National Lottery.


“Over 10,000 films from the archives are now available for everyone in the UK to enjoy – an astonishing range of content, from Edwardian tram rides to wartime public information, from quirky animations to thoughtful documentaries, forgotten feature films to home movies. Britain on Film explores a vast range of themes and maps the whole of the UK. We live in the moving image age and today’s audiences and filmmakers have so much to be inspired by as they explore this rich treasure trove from the past”


The National Lottery has invested over £933 million into almost 23,000 film-related projects over the past 25 years - from iconic films, education and skills programmes, to community film clubs and preserving the UK’s film heritage. National Lottery-supported films have won an incredible 400 awards including 15 Oscars®, 100 BAFTAs and 29 Cannes awards, from more than 1,462 nominations.


In the East, funding has not only gone into film production but also into communities- Investing into film clubs in schools across the region, as well as funding support for community cinemas, film production and craft skills training programmes, film clubs in schools across the region, BFI Film Academy courses for 16-19 year olds, and the Cambridge Film Festival.


BFI has launched the next phase of Britain on Film, with ‘BFI Contribute’, a crowdsourcing platform to harness all the wonderful stories and local expertise that have come out of the public’s desire to share their knowledge. The BFI is calling upon the public to watch and contribute any information they may have about the films on a local level. The BFI Britain on Film Mapping Mission ( is an online community that everyone can visit, empowering the people of Britain to take an active part in the BFI’s research, sharing local expertise with the rest of the nation to unlock answers and make real discoveries to enrich our understanding about, our shared film history.





Monday, 16 September 2019


Mash-Up Filmmaking Competition 2019

Winners Announcement


A huge thank you to the filmmakers who entered this years competition, we loved watching each and every film!


The winners have now been selected, and are as follows:


Under 18 category:  Jake Warr


Over 18 category: Benjamin Taylor



Jake and Benjamin will each receive £250 cash, a subscription to Little White Lies magazine, and a pair of tickets to see their films premiered at the Norwich Film Festival this November. The winning entries will be preserved for the future in EAFA’s ‘digital vaults’, and made available to view on in due course. 




Thursday 20 December 2018


Christmas 2018 and New Year - Office Opening Hours


The archive will be closed from Christmas Eve, Monday 24th December and will reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

All best festive wishes, from all at EAFA!






Wednesday 19 December 2018


The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) is pleased to announce that one of its longest standing volunteers has received recognition for his outstanding contribution to film history from the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC)


Photo: Linda Gough (IAC, President) presents the UNICA medal to Phillip Collins


Phillip Collins was presented with a UNICA medal on 20th October 2018.  UNICA (Union Internationale Du Cinéma) is an independent international organisation that promotes video- and filmmaking as a means of international communication.  It is a member of the UNESCO Council.  Each year UNICA awards a medal to participating countries, to be chosen by the country to someone who has demonstrated their support for the Amateur Film Movement in an outstanding way.


Phillip is the longest serving current member of the IAC Council having joined in 1983. His enthusiasm for amateur film making began as a teenager with a birthday present of an 8mm cine camera. He joined local cine clubs and became secretary of two, and is still serving as Secretary of the Norwich club, Norwich Movie Makers. Phillip served as Vice Chair and Newsletter Editor of the IAC East Anglian Region, and for four years he was Fellowships Officer.  Phillip has travelled the British Isles giving talks on music for films and presenting film shows. He has judged for the British International Film Festival as well as regional competitions.


When the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers moved offices Phillip was instrumental in finding a safe haven for the collection of films held by the IAC since the early 1930s. Thus began Phillip’s association with EAFA.  He was initially employed by the archive and now works voluntarily two days a week. In 2013 he published a catalogue documenting over 1200 films, including detailed synopses of many of the films.


Phillip has been instrumental in identifying relevant films from the IAC collection to help EAFA promote particular forms of filmmaking, for example, most recently the work of women producers.  Phillip’s knowledge of the films in the collection is phenomenal, providing a wealth of information and expertise to EAFA.  Not only has Phillip maintained the profile of the IAC collection at EAFA, but has fulfilled a unique role in preserving the heritage of amateur film in the UK.


Dr Tim Snelson Director of EAFA commented: 'Congratulations to Phillip for this very well deserved honour. He has long been a passionate advocate for the amateur film movement and for the preservation of its film heritage. It is within this capacity that EAFA has worked closely with Phillip, and has benefited hugely from his expertise and advice.' 




Thursday 27 September 2018



National Lottery Funding brings rare archive footage


of the New Towns to the Big Screen


The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) has today received a National Lottery grant of £66,500 for their innovative new film project, ‘New Towns, Our Town – Stories on Screen’. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will take place in the first four of the UK’s New Towns – Stevenage, Crawley, Hemel Hempstead and Harlow – using rare archive film footage to explore the shared experiences of their residents.

Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), this project seeks to increase the visibility of, and pride in, the story of the New Town movement, and the unique social history and heritage of these pioneering towns. At the time of their development there was considerable interest in and high aspirations for the New Town movement. As well as attracting considerable media attention, the Development Corporations themselves were keen to document their progress, choosing to record much of this on film. For decades these films have been kept in various film archives with limited public access. This project will bring the films together and enable people to engage with this material once more, with free screenings, engagement activities, volunteering opportunities and educational resources being made available in these towns and beyond over the next year.

The films reveal a fascinating insight into the development of the Towns, with footage from the 1940s to present day showcasing how the physical and social landscape of these areas have changed over time and enabling residents to see their lives on screen – and possibly spot a familiar face!

Commenting on the award, ICO Director Catharine Des Forges said: “We are delighted to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players. The ICO is really committed to the whole picture of British life through archive film, and there’s a genuine appetite across the UK. We’ve seen this with the success of our Britain on Film touring programme, which has reached an audience of over 15,000 people and played in hundreds of cinemas, film societies and community groups. We are looking forward to demonstrating the important contribution the New Towns and their residents have made to the social history of the UK by bringing these fascinating films back to life.”

The project will work closely with the collections at the BFI National Archive, the East Anglian Film Archive and Screen Archive South East, with screenings of material starting in December 2018.

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF, East of England said “We are thrilled to support the Independent Cinema Office in this exciting project to celebrate the heritage of New Towns. Thanks to National Lottery players people will be able to share their memories of the New Towns and through seeing the archive films gain a valuable insight into the social history of the New Town movement.”


Thursday 27 September 2018


Independent Cinema Office (ICO) Project Coordinator role


Please follow link below for further details of this new opportunity:



Monday 23 July 2018


EAFA awarded accreditation


The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA), which is owned and managed by UEA, has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation, the UK quality standard, in recognition of good performance in all areas of archive service delivery.


The EAFA contains thousands of films and television programmes from 1896 to the present day, including unique collections from Anglia Television, BBC East and the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers.


Vice-Chancellor Prof David Richardson received the award from the National Archives’ Digital Director, John Sheridan, at a ceremony today (23 July).


Pro Vice-Chancellor for Arts and Humanities, Prof Sarah Barrow, said: ‘I’m delighted that EAFA has received this recognition for its work - it’s particularly pleasing as the service is only the second film archive in the UK to attain accreditation.”


The Archive Service Accreditation Panel congratulated EAFA on its development in recent years and the evident success of its stronger links to UEA.




Friday 13 July 2018


Bridging the Digital Gap Trainee Position at East Anglian Film Archive


Norwich, NR1 2DQ

Closing date for applications

17 August 2018

Job description

Bridging the Digital Gap – 15 month paid traineeship at The East Anglian Film Archive.

Do you enjoy working with digital and technological systems at college or in your job or voluntary work?

Are you looking for a challenging I.T. focused training and development opportunity?

With the right support, could you become confident and skilled in all aspects of preserving our digital past?

This traineeship is offered as part of Bridging the Digital Gap, a programme which aims to increase digital skills in archives, bringing new talent to a fast-moving and challenging area of technological development. The traineeship is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We are looking for talented technical people – with A-levels or equivalent – to enter the archives and heritage sectors and use their skills, energy and digital confidence to help us to both keep recent history safe and also to find new ways for people to access and learn from that heritage.

Trainees will spend a year working on real-life projects whilst also being given access to specialist training and development. This specialist training consists of both e-learning and dynamic face-to-face workshops where trainees will have the chance to work together to develop key skills which will get them ready for an exciting career in the heritage sector.

This role will help you gain the skills needed to keep the past alive for future generations, even as the technical world keeps changing.

To be qualified for this traineeship, candidates must have either an A level or equivalent qualification in science, maths, computing or relevant technical subject, or demonstrable experience in using these skills in the workplace or voluntary activity.


The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) is an accredited film archive with a collection of thousands of films and television programmes from 1896 to the present day. As part of the University of East Anglia we support teaching, research and engagement activities as well as providing film clips to broadcasters and heritage organisations.

The trainee will gain experience in practical workflows, such as film digitisation, as well as an opportunity to see and try out other aspects of the archive’s work.

You will gain a broad knowledge of all aspects of how digital archiving really works and you will be supported to develop specialist, practical skills in processing and storing content that has been digitised, and also that which was originally created digitally.

Finally, you will learn how to provide access to digitised content, and you will support the public in their requests to use this material for research or in new, creative ways.

During the traineeship period, the EAFA will also be involved in an ambitious and exciting national video digitisation project funded by the British Film Institute.

This traineeship will offer a unique training opportunity, through a combination of on-the-job learning, e-learning and group training sessions.

The trainee will receive bespoke online training in a series of modules designed to support their progression. This will guide the trainee through an introduction to the archives sector, then through modules on digital acquisition, preservation, access, and engagement. The trainee will also receive training in workplace skills and career development.

You will build a portfolio of achievement to take forward into future employment and will achieve a recognised Continuous Professional Development qualification.

Trainees on this programme form part of a regional cohort who will regularly meet up and share learning. Trainees will also regularly meet with trainees from another cohort to provide support and learning opportunities. IT access, stationery and other reasonable resource requirements will be provided by the placement provider.

All trainees will experience three days of induction and training at The National Archives in October 2018. Trainees based out of commuting distance will have accommodation and subsistence provided.

This is a 15 month workplace-based traineeship running from October 2018 to December 2019.
A salary of £14,500 will be paid to support this traineeship.
You will work 32 hours per week and will be given the time to complete off-the-job training.

Please use the APPLY NOW button on this page to begin your application. You will be asked to provide evidence of each of the criteria listed in the Competencies section below. You may use examples from work, home, school, college or voluntary work. There is a 250 word limit for each criteria and you are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible within that as selection for interview will be based on this information.
You can download Guidance notes for applications below.

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
* Contact The National Archives via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs

* Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

Person specification

A qualification at A Level or equivalent in science, maths, computing or relevant technical subject OR demonstrable experience in using maths, science, computing or other technical skills in the workplace or through a voluntary activity


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • • Interest in and experience with using digital technology
  • • Good communication skills; comfortable with listening to, understanding and sharing information
  • • Good people skills; enjoy working alongside and engaging other people
  • • Good problem solving skills; able to identify problems and work with others to resolve them
  • • Good organisational and time management skills



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Please contact our Recruitment Team at for general application enquiries.

Sift/interview dates and location

Interviews: Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September 2018

Further information

For more information about the traineeship at EAFA, please contact:

Angela Graham, Archive Manager
T: 01603 592 664

For more information about the application process, please contact:

Emma Golby-Kirk, Bridging the Digital Gap Project Manager
T: 020 3908 9159 Ext: 2407
M: 07966 423939




Monday, 11 June 2018

Full Time Temporary Curator Position

The East Anglian Film Archive is looking for a full time temporary Curator for one year to manage a project transferring film related equipment to other accredited museums and archives using the Museums Association and the National Archive disposal toolkits. The Curator will join EAFA’s team based at the Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich.

For full details please follow the link below:


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

New digital training scheme awarded £720,600 from National Lottery

The National Archives has been awarded £720,600 to create 24 new digital traineeships following a successful bid for National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The Digital Archive Technician traineeships will be based at archive services in the UK that have been selected for their digital expertise. The programme is supported by the Archives and Records Association (ARA) and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC).

Trainees will undertake a newly designed, bespoke digital training course, covering skills in digital acquisition, preservation, access and engagement, to fully equip them for future careers in this rapidly growing part of the archives sector

Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives said:

‘Digital skills are vital to the future of the archive sector. Bridging the Digital Gap provides a unique opportunity for digital trainees and a great chance for archives to diversify both entry routes and the skills profiles of their staff.’

Stuart Hobley, Head of HLF London, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, this is a real investment into how we can all access our archives. Trainees will gain invaluable experience and knowledge whilst archive services will gain fresh perspectives, strengthen the sector’s workforce and work towards an exciting digital future.”

There are two groups of host archives. One is formed of London research institutions and the other, Danelaw Digital, is a partnership of archives in Yorkshire and East Anglia. The London group consists of the UCL Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Kings College London and the Wellcome Collection. Danelaw Digital comprises Hull University Archives, East Anglian Film Archive, Norfolk Record Office and the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York.

Tim Snelson, Director of the East Anglian Film Archive, said:

‘The East Anglian Film Archive is delighted to be hosting a digital traineeship. EAFA and our partner host-organisations are really committed to the ethos of the programme, fostering new digital expertise and encouraging applicants who might not have thought about working in the archive sector before.’

The first traineeships will commence in October 2018.


1 March 2018

British Women Amateur Filmmakers Symposium Friday 2nd March 2018 - Update

11am-1pm (The Archive Centre) Presentations - postponed due to adverse weather conditions. New date yet to be confirmed.

4pm Cinema City screening will go ahead as planned. Tickets for this FREE screening can be booked here


Thursday, 23 November 2017

East Anglian film archive achieves national accreditation

The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA), owned and managed by the University of East Anglia (UEA), has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation. 

Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage. Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that EAFA has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing; the care of its unique collections and what the service offers to its entire range of users.

The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) is a regional film archive wholly owned by UEA. Established in 1976, and part of the University since 1984, EAFA contains a collection of thousands of films and television programmes from 1896 to the present day, including unique collections from Anglia Television, BBC East, and the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers. The collection includes approximately 75,000 catalogue titles and 148,000 physical items in total in the vaults. EAFA is located at The Archive Centre in Norwich.

Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Sarah Barrow said: ‘I am delighted that EAFA has received recognition of its work through Archive Service Accreditation. It is particularly pleasing as the service is only the second film archive in the UK to attain accreditation, and is tremendous recognition of the quality of the service.’

The Archive Service Accreditation Panel congratulated the service on its development in recent years and the evident success of its stronger links to UEA. They welcomed the development of opportunities for closer working with other collections, as well as with research and teaching within the University. Given the service’s positive trajectory, the panel look forward to seeing how it develops in future.  



Monday, 20 November 2017

EAFA Mash-Up Filmmaking Competition 2017

Announcement of '18 and Overs' winner - Ella Finch

Congratulations to Ella Finch, the winning filmmaker in the '18 and Overs' category in the 2017 Mashup Filmmaking Competition.  Ella was awarded first prize for her film 'Labor Omnia Vincit (L.O.V.)' at a screening at The Forum, Norwich on Sunday 19 November as part of the Norwich Film Festival's "East Collection", a programme of short films either shot in East Anglia or by East Anglian filmmakers.



Monday, 13 November 2017

EAFA Mash-Up Filmmaking Competition 2017

Announcement of 'Under 18' winner - Tierney Knights

Huge congratulations to Tierney Knights, the winning filmmaker in the 'Under 18' category in the 2017 Mashup Filmmaking Competition.  Tierney was awarded 1st prize at a special matinee screening on Sunday 12th November at The Forum, Norwich featuring all the film entries from the 2017 competition.

Congratulations also to the three chosen finalists in the '18 and Overs' category.  These are Jess Marshall, Jack Sauverin, and Ella Finch.  

These shortlisted finalists' films will be screened at the Norwich Film Festival on Sunday 19 November as part of "The East Collection", where the Mash-Up 2017 winning film will be announced!

Thank you to everyone who came along to the matinee screening on Sunday 12 November at The Forum, Norwich, with particular thanks to all the filmmakers who provided the afternoon's entertainment!



Friday, 6 October 2017


'Today's The Day' EAFA Mash-Up 2017 Film Screenings

Sunday, 12 November 4.30pm [Doors open 4.15pm]

Judging for this year's Mash-Up Films are under way!  You can join us for a special matinee screening of all of the films entered into this year's Mash-Up Filmmaking Competition. The shortlisted finalists will be announced following the screening, and then these judges' favourites will be screened at the Norwich Film Festival on Sunday 19 November as part of "The East Collection", where the Mash-Up 2017 winning film will be announced!

Tickets for EAFA event on Sunday 12th November, all film entries - can be booked here

Tickets for NFF event on Sunday 19th November, finalists - can be booked here




Thursday, 17 August 2017


Extension to deadline of EAFA Mash-Up filmmaking competition 2017

Please note: The deadline of Friday September 1st for the submission of entries to the Mash-Up competition has now been extended.  The new deadline is Monday September 4th, giving an extra weekend to submit your films.



Tuesday 13 June 2017

EAFA wins UEA Engagement Award for

'Outstanding Contribution to Public and Community Engagement'

The team at EAFA is so pleased to win a UEA Engagement Award for outstanding contribution to Public and Community Engagement.  

EAFA is involved in many projects that engage the public with archive film.  Examples include the archive celebrating its 40th anniversary (1976-2016) with a month long exhibition at the Forum, Norwich in August 2016 which attracted over 14,000 visitors.  As part of our anniversary celebrations the archive invited guest curators including Stephen Fry, film directors Gideon Koppel, Richard Bracewell, Guy Myhill and writers Hayley Long and DJ Taylor to select their favourite EAFA archive clips and write about them.

EAFA material has also been used by local, regional and national broadcasters and the archive has digitised over 500 films over the last three years as part of the national ‘Britain on Film’ project in partnership with the British Film Institute.

EAFA runs an annual ‘Mash-up Filmmaking Competition’ to encourage people of all ages to engage with archive footage and create their own films. This year the winning entries will be screened at Norwich Film Festival.

For more information about the award and EAFA’s engagement work, please visit the link below:

Congratulations to all the recipients of these awards!




Tuesday 13 June 2017

Famed director returns to Norwich to relive Anglia TV hoax that shocked the world

On its 40th anniversary, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) are showing the controversial Anglia Television science fiction drama/documentary “Alternative Three” – a production that caused worldwide headlines when it was first broadcast in 1977.

The free screening is on Tuesday 20 June from 7-9pm at the Auditorium in The Forum, Norwich, and afterwards the audience can discuss the film’s international impact with director and co-writer Christopher Miles.

This faux documentary, broadcast as part of Anglia TV’s factual “Science Report” series, apparently showed a link between Britain's “brain-drain”, climate change and a human colony on Mars. The intended transmission date was 1 April but, because Anglia was unable to obtain network slot that day, it was broadcast on 20 June. In a similar situation to the 1930s ”War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, calls immediately flooded in from terrified viewers convinced they’d seen a genuine documentary, making the hoax national news.

Alternative 3 director, Christopher Miles, said ‘Unlike today, climate change did not dominate the headlines in 1977, but now it seems reality has caught up with us, as often satire can become prescient as the creators had a hunch”.

Dr Tim Snelson, director of the East Anglian Film Archive, said: “We would like local people who worked on the programme, which was filmed at the Anglia studios and on location in Norfolk, or local audience members who remember seeing it 40 years ago to come along and discuss their memories with the director. Were you taken in by Anglia's elaborate and creative hoax? We’ll also discuss the film’s relevance to contemporary debates about ‘post-truth’, fake news, trust in experts and climate science, and ask if the hoax reveals a truth about the world culture some 40 years on.

“Christopher and his collaborators at Anglia really pushed the boundaries with ‘Alternative Three’, provoking debates about the role and power of the media that are even more relevant today. We are delighted that he has agreed to come to Norwich to screen and discuss this fascinating piece of regional television history that shocked the world.”

Everyone is welcome to the event but tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis so early arrival is advised.





Wednesday 12 April 2017

Easter Bank Holiday Weekend - Office Opening Hours


Please note, the archive will be closed on the following days:-

Thursday 13th April 2017

Good Friday 14th April 2017

Easter Monday 17th April 2017

Tuesday 18th April 2017


East Anglian Film Archive will resume normal working hours on Wednesday 19th April 2017.

We wish you a very festive Easter bank holiday weekend!




Monday, 27 February 2017

Today’s the Day!

Launch of EAFA Mash-Up filmmaking competition 2017

Following the success of the last two years, we’re delighted to announce that we are once again in 2017 holding this exciting competition.   The competition has now launched and we will be accepting entries until Friday 1st September.

The judges’ favourite films will be exhibited around the region including being screened at the Norwich Film Festival. The lucky winners in each category will receive a cash prize of £250 and their films will be added to EAFA’s collections, and preserved for the region. The winning films will also be hosted on our website.

Competition Brief:

  • Make a short film (Between 1 and 5 minutes in duration)
  • At least 50% of the total running time of the new production must consist of archive film. The package of films that will be made available to you can be previewed via our YouTube playlist. (Please note: the films aren't downloadable from here, we'll send them to you once we've received your completed entry form.)
  • The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Today’s the Day’. We’ve purposefully left the theme a little open-ended; we’re really excited to see the different ways in which you interpret it.
  • There are two entry categories; (1) Under 18, and (2) Over 18.
  • Please note that all entries are subject to terms and conditions.

Further note:

Submissions won’t be judged on production values alone. What we’re looking for is creativity, imagination, and overall how you chose to interact with the archive film. For example, you may wish to combine the archive films with material you have shot yourself. You could re-edit them in an innovative way, or perhaps add effects, or audio/visual material you have sourced (with the necessary permissions) from elsewhere.

For regular updates follow us on Twitter and Facebook or check out the dedicated mash up highlights page, where you will also find previous years’ winning entries.

Key dates:

Opening date: 27 February 2017

Closing date for submissions: 1 September 2017

The winner will be notified: Week beginning 2 October 2017

Happy film making!





Thurs, 5 January 2017

EAFA Mash-Up Competition 2017 to be launched soon!

Following the success of previous competitions, EAFA will be launching the Mash-Up Competition 2017 in the next couple of months. Keep your eyes peeled on our 'Highlights' page for updates...




August 2016

40 Years of Archives: East Anglian Film Archive and History of Advertising Trust
The Forum, Norwich, Monday 1 August to Saturday 27 August, 10am-4pm.
Two of East Anglia’s treasured archives are celebrating 40th anniversaries and The Forum is bringing them together for a month of nostalgia in The Gallery. Visitors can enjoy a variety of films showing Norwich past and present, rural life and the county’s beautiful coastline, as well as vintage TV commercials from the History of Advertising Trust.
Free to attend and no need to book
For more information please see the flyer or visit the Forum's website.

Wed, 6 July 2016

‘Films on the Farm’

Jimmy’s Farm hosts digital premiere of Suffolk film Akenfield in a special weekend of rural films from the archives 8th-10th July 2016

Akenfield released on DVD and Blu-ray and on BFI Player on 25 July

It’s ‘Films on the Farm’ this July as Akenfield, the iconic and well-loved film of rural Suffolk life makes its digital premiere at Jimmy’s Farm, near Ipswich as part of a special weekend of archive film screenings, ‘Akenfield and Archive’ and ‘Babe in the Barn’.

Akenfield will headline a delightful programme of archive film of rural Suffolk to be screened outside in the charming woodland ‘Theatre’ at Jimmy’s Farm during the evenings of 8th, 9th and 10th July 2016. Presented by the Cambridge Film Trust, producers of the Cambridge Film Festival, the screenings are part of a national celebration of our nation’s film from archives across the UK, and showcased as the Britain on Film collection on BFI Player

Directed by Sir Peter Hall in 1974 and often described as “a work of rural realism”, Akenfield has been digitised thanks to the BFI (British Film Institute’s) Unlocking Film Heritage Digitisation Fund, ensuring more access, for a wider audience, to Britain’s valuable film heritage via digital platforms. Following these screenings, the film will be made available on BFI Player and released on DVD and Blu-ray by the BFI on 25 July.

Filmed in and around Charlsfield in Suffolk, it was local people who had the starring and support roles, acting out the stories of three generations of one family under Peter Hall’s direction, based on a short script written by Ronald Blythe, author of Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village.

“Akenfield is probably my Dad's most personal piece of work. His heart and soul is in it” says Peter Hall’s daughter, Jenny Caron Hall, speaking about what Akenfield meant to her father and her own passion for the film.

“Akenfield is a film that people love with a passion. I’m only the director’s daughter, proud to be a blink-and-you-miss-me extra in it. But even now people regularly tell me how much Akenfield means to them, or how deeply it affected their lives.

With the ingenious help of film producer and editor Rex Pyke, and the master camera work of Ivan Strasburg, Akenfield was made on weekends over the course of a year. It had a shoestring budget and faithfully featured local non-actors who invented their own dialogue to vaguely follow Ronnie Blythe’s twenty-page script. Everything about Akenfield was faithful actually, and I think that accounts for much of its power. The music was to be composed by Benjamin Britten but he was unwell, so Michael Tippett’s Fantasia was used - both were Suffolk boys too, and mighty composers.

This was all a long time ago, in 1974. Some key members of the cast, including Peggy Cole who played the mother so marvellously, are sadly no longer with us. My father is now unwell and so he cannot celebrate this year's remastering and relaunch which has been so brilliantly done by the BFI. But I can say with total certainty that he would be absolutely thrilled by these screenings, and he would want me to thank everybody responsible, particularly those who have kept faith – Rex Pyke, Dave Gregory at the Ipswich Film Society, the Cambridge Film Trust, everybody at the East Anglian Film Archive and not least, Jane Giles and the team at the BFI. 

Akenfield is probably my Dad's most personal piece of work. His heart and soul is in it. He made sure his own father Reg appeared in it, briefly playing the local policeman. The story tells of generations of Suffolk boys facing a choice between leaving the beautiful place where they were born to seek a better life elsewhere, or remain on the local farms to be exploited and subjugated by ruthless landlords. It chronicles a painful and poignant flight from the rural to the urban - now such a universal story across the world. I think Akenfield is more relevant than ever, and of course, I love it with a passion. I hope you will too. “

Watch Babe with the animals!

Younger viewers will be in for a very special screening of Babe and some fun animal archive antics as they watch alongside some more real small animals in Jimmy’s Education Barn – offering a whole new take on ‘surround sound’ at morning and matinee screenings on 9th and 10th July.

See for tickets.

For Jimmy Doherty, screening film is something he has always wanted to do at Jimmy’s Farm.

“It’s brilliant that we finally have the opportunity to make it happen alongside the Cambridge Film Trust and the BFI.  It’s great news that Akenfield has been digitised, as this fantastic rural Suffolk film will be available to future generations. I’m really looking forward to seeing it.  Adding a children’s classic, Babe, to the weekend’s offering adds a really fun element to the activities already available at Jimmy’s Farm and we hope this paves the way for more films to be enjoyed out in the open air in our beautiful corner of the Suffolk countryside.”

Jimmy’s Farm Bar and BBQ will be open in the woods before the Akenfield screenings or guests are welcome to bring their own picnics. On Friday 8th July, to make it a really special ‘premiere’ event, you can also book a pre-screening meal in Jimmy’s Restaurant.

The digital remastering has been the work of the BFI National Archive in conjunction with our region’s own film archive, The East Anglian Film Archive, based at UEA and celebrating 40 years this year since its foundation by David Cleveland in 1976. The East Anglian Film Archive has preserved the master copies of Akenfield and additional publicity material, including the 1974 trailer, since 2004, in its state-of-the-art vaults in Norwich.  Akenfield is the only feature film held on deposit at the East Anglian Archive. EAFA’s Director, Dr Keith Johnston stated: “We are very pleased that Akenfield has been digitised by the BFI and that audiences will have an opportunity to enjoy this outstanding film which EAFA has preserved for many years.”

More about Akenfield

The publicity surrounding the film was ground-breaking for the time. Akenfield was one of the first British films to be part financed by television and cinema. In November 1974 Akenfield was the first British film to open the BFI London Film Festival. 14 million viewers watched it on television when it was broadcast in January 1975, which saw it featured on the front cover of the TV Times.

The making of the film was also unusual – around 60 hours of film were shot to produce the hour and half long film. It was also shot in widescreen rather than in a standard TV format. But it was real people, Suffolk people, who brought it all to life and for many, the surrounding publicity had quite an impact. Barbara Ashfield (née Tilney), daughter of a Suffolk gunsmith, played the role of the teacher, in both the Victorian and modern day scenes. She was actually working as a teacher in Highgate, London, when friends back home in Suffolk showed her the ad in the EADT appealing for local people (not actors) to come along and audition for a film.

“It was fairly low key, they wanted people who could plough!” Barbara explains.“I had always secretly hoped to become an actress and in fact had done some training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, so this seemed a great idea to help me on my way. I met Peter Hall and Rex Pyke, we had a chat, and I told a joke – I suppose being a teacher must have helped me land the part.”

Barbara carried on teaching in Highgate from Monday – Friday and would travel to Suffolk with the crew for the weekend’s filming. Along with other cast members, Barbara would often join the crew at The Bull in Woodbridge on the Saturday night after filming.

“There was no script as such – Peter Hall would say “I want this to happen” so we were put in a situation, the scene set and we would ad lib.”

However, Barbara’s passion stuck with teaching and her career took her to exotic locations in Bermuda, which she still visits today from her home near Beccles. 

Akenfield was a wonderful experience for Barbara and the memories and friendships she made have stuck with her during her whole life. She has albums full of press cuttings and photos from those days in 1973, put together at the time by her mother. And her most vivid memory of the filming…?

“Oh that was when I made the little boy cry in the classroom – poor chap! Children from Charlsfield School were asked to come along for the filming and told to behave and do as they were told. As a teacher in Victorian times I had to be very strict and this little boy started crying – Peter Hall then asked me to make him cry again so he could film it again from another angle, I felt really awful – I think his name was Shaun – I’m sorry Shaun!”

For Garrow Shand, the young agricultural contractor who played the lead role of Tom in Akenfield, being involved in the making of such a special film in ‘73 had a tremendous impact on his life.

“I had to part with my moustache and sideburns but gained a wife!” he explains reminiscing about how he first met farm secretary Helen Tydeman, an extra in the film, who kindly offered him a lift home in her Mini after filming! He remembers responding to the ad in the EADT asking for people who could plough and it was sheer curiosity that took him to the auditions at his old school, Farlingaye in Woodbridge. He and Peggy Cole travelled to London for special screen tests before he was cast as Tom Rouse and Peggy as his onscreen mother, Dulcie.

Whilst he enjoyed the whole experience very much and even opened a couple of fêtes as a local ‘celebrity’,  in the long run, Garrow decided that acting was not really his cup of tea. He still runs his agricultural contractor business near Woodbridge.

Sadly, Peggy Cole who played Dulcie Rouse so brilliantly in Akenfield passed away earlier this year. For Peggy, Akenfield was the start of an amazing career as she went on to be such an important part of so many peoples’ lives in Suffolk as a columnist for the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Evening Star, championing all things Suffolk and rural for more than 30 years.

This special premiere of the digitally remastered  Akenfield on 8th July  at Jimmy’s Farm, Suffolk, will be recognised as a special tribute to Peggy’s memory and indeed to all the Suffolk people who played their part and are no longer with us. Its availability for booking through the BFI and its release on DVD/Blu-ray and on demand will take the film to an even wider audience. The film, which is, as stated in the opening credits “Made by People of Suffolk”, will now live on for generations.

The film programme ‘Akenfield and Archive’ will also tour Suffolk cinemas throughout the summer as part of Britain on Film screening events and can be seen at The Regal, Stowmarket on Weds 20th July. Other dates are to be confirmed at the Ipswich Film Theatre, Aldeburgh Cinema, Abbeygate Cinema in Bury St Edmunds and also, a special screening at the Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge. The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge which played such an important role in supporting the filming in 1973, offering their cinema late at night for Sir Peter, Rex Pyke and his team to view the rushes shot that day, are also to confirm a screening.

More than 750 films of our Rural Life were released on the BFI Player in May, charting the changing countryside and rural life, and highlighting activities, pursuits and traditions still surviving today, as well as customs, trades and skills that have since dwindled or disappeared. Throughout the summer months, the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) will be staging over 160 screening events in 129 locations. Full details and how to book tickets for these events can be found at




Mon, 16 May 2016

Archive Assistant - UEA Graduate Internship Opportunity (.4 FTE)

Interviews week commencing 13 June 2016, to start September 2016.

Follow link below for further details:




Wed, 13 April 2016

UK Green Film Festival @ UEA

Saturday 30 April - Friday 6 May 2016

Saturday 30 April

Mark Kermode introduces Silent Running (U)

14.00 - 16.30 Talk and film screening

16.30 - 17.00 Book signing

12.00 - 14.00 Interactive Green exhibition (Enterprise Centre Foyer)

Includes displays from environmental groups and short lm screenings
from the East Anglian Film Archive and STREVA volcanic research project.
Wednesday 4 May
Deep Time (PG-13)
19.30 - 21.15 UK Green Film Festival screening (Enterprise Centre)
Directed by Noah Hutton, this lm is inspired by the geological concept
of deep time. The lm expands the nearsighted narrative of a boomtown
to include the uncanny and the ancient.
Thursday 5 May
The Great Invisible (PG-13)
18.30 - 20.15 UK Green Film Festival screening (Enterprise Centre)
A thought-provoking new documentary by Margaret Brown,
examining the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon, BP oil-drilling rig
disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Friday 6 May
Racing Extinction (PG)
19.30 - 21.15 UK Green Film Festival screening (Enterprise Centre)
Oscar- winning director Louie Psihoyas (The Cove) exposes the hidden
world of endangered species and the race to protect them against
mass extinction.
12.00 - 19.30 Interactive Green exhibition (Enterprise Centre Foyer)
Food and drinks will be available to purchase during all events from Mustard, an independent café catering in locally
sourced food, fairtrade and organic, sourcing products from carbon neutral suppliers.
Follow us @UKGreenFilmsUEA
All events are FREE and open to the public. To book your seats for the film screenings, please register with the UEA
‘Online Store’, which can be accessed at:




Wed, 6 April 2016


The East Anglian Film Archive, established in 1976 and later incorporated in the University of East Anglia, holds a collection of films from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridge and Bedfordshire.

Over 40 years the archive has also received donations of cameras, projectors and other ephemera from film makers.

The archive has changed its collection policy and can no longer retain such objects.

This policy does not apply to any donated films which will continue to be preserved in our state of the art vaults.

Objects not returned will be transferred wherever possible to accredited museums or archives. 

If you or someone you know donated a camera or projector e.t.c to the archive and wish to have it returned please contact the Archive Manager Angela Graham on 01603 592156 or email

Contact should be made by 5th May 2016




Tues, 20 Oct.  2015

Mash up filmmaking competition returns!

A number of films have been released from the East Anglian Film Archive, we need YOUR help to capture them! Following the roaring success of last year’s inaugural filmmaking competition, The East Anglian Film Archive and The Forum, Norwich are joining forces to bring you EAFA mashup 2015.

The judges’ favourite films will be exhibited around the region before being showcased at a special screening at Cinema City, Norwich; the finale will be a screening at The Forum Norwich as part of their Summer of Art. The lucky winners will also be awarded prizes including a 5 year cultural and educational licence for their mash-up film (worth over £300), and £250 in cash to fund their next production.   The winning films will be added to the EAFA’s collections, and preserved for the region.

For regular updates follow us on Twitter or check out the dedicated mash up highlights page, where you will also find last year’s winning entry, made by Yvonne Odell.

Key facts:

  • Make a short film (between 1 and 5 minutes in duration)
  • At least 50% of the total running time of the new production to consist of archive material (taken from the package of films we will make available for the purpose)
  • Two categories: Under 18 and Over 18
  • Deadline for submissions is 19 February 2016

Happy filmmaking!




Mon, 7 Sept 2015

Into the Vaults! East Anglian Film Archive opens its doors for Heritage Open Day event

Visitors will get the chance to go behind the scenes at the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) and explore the secrets of its vaults as part of a national heritage festival.

The archive, which is run by the University of East Anglia, is offering a vault tour and archive film screening on Thursday September 10 for the annual Heritage Open Days initiative.

The event has proved to be one of the most popular options within the regional Open Day programme, with the tour being fully booked shortly after being announced. Those visitors signed up will get the chance to see the state-of-the-art vaults and to find out how the UK’s longest established regional film archive stores its 148,000 films, video tapes and other holdings.

The tour also includes a unique screening of films selected by EAFA for the British Film Institute’s recent Britain on Film project. Newly digitally remastered from the archive vaults, the programme includes two specially produced compilations on the theme of love. The selection of films give a fascinating glimpse into life in the region over the last few generations.

Director of EAFA Dr Keith Johnston said: “Most people don’t know what lies behind the doors of a film archive, or get a chance to see the secrets held in our film vaults. We’re delighted to offer our Heritage Open Days visitors a special look behind the scenes, and to show them some of our most recent work.”

For those who can’t make the tour, many of the digitised films can be seen online and for free on the BFI Player, while over 200 hours of EAFA films can be enjoyed on




Fri, 20 March 2015 

Fixed term, part time Project Co-ordinator position at East Anglian Film Archive (.4 FTE, April to December 2015)

For further details and to apply, click here:




Mon, 2 Feb 2015

East Anglian Film Archive Secures National Archives Funding Grant

The East Anglian Film Archive has successfully secured £8250 from the National Archives Cataloguing Grant Programme. The application process was extremely competitive. EAFA’s application was one of many with applications totalling £1.8m.

The grant is for the cataloguing of approximately 150  films within the collection of the institute of Amateur Cinematographers Women Filmmakers’ films. The archive holds on long term deposit the internationally recognised Institute of Amateur Cinematographers’ collection of films. The women film makers' films have national, regional and local heritage importance both in terms of the way the films explore every day life at certain points in history and in terms of their importance within the amateur film making context. Not only are they creative works in their own right but amateur films unlock the history of fashion, pastimes, long forgotten ways of life, buildings, cars, industry and childhood. The quality of the women film makers' work is high -  a number of films were award winning .Laurie and Stuart Day, for example, won the Daily Mail Trophy twice.  

The grant is administered by the National Archives who also provide financial support to  the Cataloging grants programme along with the following organisations.

  • The Pilgrim Trust
  • The Foyle Foundation
  • The Wolfson Foundation
  • The Monument Trust
  • The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
  • The Mercers Company Charitable Foundation
  • The Goldsmiths Company
  • The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
  • The Andrew W Mellon Foundation

The catalogue which will be available online and will be of interest to researchers and  academics. Dr Sarah  Godfrey (Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Media and American Studies) feels that the collection of films will be an ' invaluable cultural resource to be properly utilised for research, teaching and also for wider public educational initiatives which engage a broader cross section of society with film.’ Dr Melanie Williams (Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Media and American Studies) also feels that there is great scope for using the material. In particular she states that ‘the films in question sit at the centre of two key areas of burgeoning research interest in international Film Studies: women’s film making and amateur film.’

Ivor Rose the Chair of the  Institute of Amateur Cinematographers said – ‘The IAC is delighted that the grant has been awarded as we have a duty to preserve and make accessible films to members and the wider public.’


Fri, 18 Dec 2014

Fixed term cataloguing position at East Anglian Film Archive (February to June 2015)

 For further details, and to apply follow link below:


Mon, 10 Nov 2014

Film archive to bring Colman’s 200th anniversary to life

Archive film relating to Colman’s of Norwich from as far back as the 1920s will be showcased at The Forum this month as a celebration of the company’s 200 year anniversary.

The screening, from 10-22 November in the Fusion Gallery, forms part of the ‘All over the World’ - 200 years of Colman’s event being held at the Forum.

The University of East Anglia’s East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) is collaborating with other organisations who hold archive related to Colman’s including Unilever Archives, History of Advertising Trust and Norwich HEART, which owns the Colman’s Mustard Shop & Museum, to bring to life two centuries of one of Norfolk’s most loved brands.

The event will celebrate Colman’s of Norwich with a special timeline across the Fusion screen charting the success and impact of the firm which started near Norwich in 1814.

From a small family firm, Colman’s has had a tremendous impact on Norwich and become known the world over particularly for its mustard. The pioneering firm, now owned by Unilever, is still very much part of the everyday lives of  the city while exporting all over the world.


EAFA holds a large collection of Colman’s advertising films which have been restored over the years to preserve a unique moving image testimony of this quintessentially British brand. 

Colman’s Mustard Club campaign was launched in the mid-1920s by London advertising agency S.H. Benson, and was considered cutting edge at the time with more than half a million Mustard Club badges given away.

Most of the films are now digitised and many will feature in the exhibition timeline taking viewers through decades of Colman’s advertising such as ‘Light My Fire’ and the 1970’s ‘Put Mustard On It’.

Other footage from regional BBC and ITV collections will also feature along with some very special amateur footage of Carrow Works shot by an employee in the mid-1930s.

Fusion is free to enter and is open 10am-4.30pm daily



  Fri, 31 Oct 2014


An aspiring filmmaker has won the inaugural East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) film mash-up competition by mixing clips from a surreal 1950s short film with her own footage.

Earlier this year the University of East Anglia’s film archive joined forces with The Forum in Norwich to offer a specially selected package of EAFA footage to entrants, taken from the many thousands of hours held by the archive documenting life across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. 

Competitors were briefed to combine a minimum of 50 per cent EAFA material with their own footage to create a new work - known as a ‘mash-up’.

Budding film makers from around the region got stuck in to the challenge, including recent Fine Art graduate Yvonne Odell from Bury St. Edmunds, who won this inaugural competition with her submission, entitled ‘Mother’s Bake Night’.

Yvonne chose to combine excerpts from a 1950s drama ‘Mirage’ – about a man’s search for water - with audio visual material she created herself. The sound, a clash of notes, is influenced by the simple electronic suspense soundtracks of 70s horror movies. 

Used in conjunction with the specially edited “waiting” footage from the ‘Mirage’ film, the viewer is led to believe that there is something lurking, something sinister about to happen. There is also a suggestion of memory and a longing to recall a happy memory – which ends up being the cake Mother is baking.
Watch Yvonne's film here: 

Yvonne, who is now studying for an MA in Fine Art at Cambridge School of Art is fascinated by appropriation - the use of pre-existing objects or images in art with little or no transformation applied to them. She said: “Appropriated footage can be so versatile whilst still retaining a fragile history. I gesturally paint with this footage and distance it from the real”

Richard Fair, Digital Heritage Manager at The Forum who was involved in the selection process said of the winning film: “We felt that Yvonne captured the spirit of the competition. Taking the Mirage film and re-crafting it into a new story and the use of original music not only displayed Yvonne’s creative talents, but added a whole new dimension to the original film while remaining sympathetic to the artistic integrity”

‘Mother’s Bake Night’, will be screened on the Fusion Screen at The Forum from Monday 3 - Saturday 8 November, along with selected other submissions. Many of the archive films which were incorporated in to the competition entries can be watched in full for free at

It is hoped that there will be many more ‘mash-up’ film making competitions to come. Clare Ellis from the Archive said:“We’re really pleased with how the competition has come together in this, its first year, and are already having conversations with potential partner organisations with a view to working out how we can make it bigger and better next year”.


14 August 2014


The region’s budding filmmakers are being invited to share their skills in a new competition being launched by University of East Anglia’s East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) and The Forum

Using a combination of at least 50 per cent EAFA material with entrants’ own footage, known as a mash-up, the winning film will be selected by judges to be shown on The Forum’s Fusion Screen on November 4.

It will be added to the East Anglian Film Archive’s collections, and preserved for the region. The winning producer will be awarded £250 in cash towards their next production, and a five-year licence for the footage in their mash-up film.  In addition to this, Cinema City have offered a 12 months Standard Membership to Picture House for the winner. Details here:

The films can be from one to five minutes long and can be entered under one of four broad themes; earth, high days and holidays, construct/create, and home.

Clare Ellis from EAFA, said: “We’ve purposefully left the themes a little open-ended; we’re really excited to see the different ways in which people interpret them”.

“Submissions won’t be judged on production values alone, what we’re looking for is creativity, imagination, and overall how you choose to interact with the archive film. For example, you may wish to combine the archive films with material you have shot yourself,  you could re-edit them in an innovative way, or perhaps add effects, or audio/visual material you have sourced from elsewhere.”

The East Anglian Film Archive houses a number of unique collections of local and regional footage spanning over 100 years.

A specially selected package of EAFA footage will be made available to entrants, taken from the many thousands of hours held by the archive documenting life across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

This is the first year for the unique competition and celebrates East Anglian Film Archive Week – an annual free programme of screenings and performances at The Forum, which welcomes the public to find out more about the moving image heritage of East Anglia, the varied ways these films can be used, and what's involved in looking after them for the future.

Richard Fair, Digital Heritage Manager at the Forum said;
"What really excites me about this competition is that film makers today are being given an opportunity to work with the film makers of yesterday. Anyone with ideas and creativity, a digital camera or smartphone and a few hours can create something unique, to encourage a new way for us to look at the original footage.”

The opening date for entries is Monday August 18, closing on Friday October 17 and only one entry will be accepted per person. The competition is open to everyone; however those with any connection to The University of East Anglia, (including the East Anglian Film Archive), or The Forum Trust are required to declare this when entering.