Archive Alive

A detailed catalogue with videos is available to view on this website.


Project overview

The Archive Alive project was an ERDF interreg IVA Channel Programme project led by Pôle Image Haute-Normandy, France with the Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) and the University of East Anglia (UEA) as project partners.

The programme aimed to promote emergence - between the French and English parties - of a space of common citizenship, fostering a sense of belonging to a cross-border area endowed with a specific identity. For more information on Interreg4a please visit

The aim of the project was to bring the history of East Anglia and Upper Normandy alive through films taken from Rouen based lead, Pôle Image, and the University of East Anglia’s East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA). The films were brought together in a unique moving image timeline which showcased events, places and people captured on film over the last century. 

A selection of films from the East Anglian Film Archive that were used in the project are now availbale to watch as a package on the website.


About Pôle Image Haute-Normandie

Pôle Image Haute-Normandie is a non-profit organisation funded by the Region of Upper Normandy and The Minister of Culture and Communication for its missions in favour of cinema, audiovisual production and photography.



The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA), is the moving image archive for the East of England which includes the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The Archive is owned and operated by the University of East Anglia (UEA), a UK Higher Education organisation.



Norwich HEART was a private, charitable trust that strategically planned, regenerated, managed and promoted Norwich and Norfolk’s heritage.

HEART passed on its activities to partners in 2015.


Highlight Films

A small selection of the films can be seen below. You can also view the detailed catalogue with videos on this website.


Cat no. 294

Tramway Ride Through Principal Streets (1902, Norwich, Norfolk)

Running time2:43 Black & White Silent 1902 Norwich, Norfolk

Norwich streets seen from the top deck of moving tram.

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Cat no. 137

Visit of the Fleet (1909, Southend-on-Sea, Essex)

Running time4:51 Black & White Silent 1909 Southend-on-Sea, Essex

The naval fleet visits Southend-on-Sea.

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Cat no. 295

Funeral of Nurse Edith Cavell (1919, Norwich, Norfolk)

Running time9:16 Black & White Silent 1919 Norwich, Norfolk

Crowds watching the funeral procession at Norwich Cathedral, and the burial of Nurse Edith Cavell.

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Cat no. 732

The Leading Motor Engineers (1932, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire)

Running time3:41 Black & White Silent 1932 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Promotional film for King and Harper's, automobile and accessories dealers in Cambridge.

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Cat no. 114

It Happened in Norwich (1933-1946, Norwich, Norfolk)

Running time18:54 Black & White Silent 1933-1946 Norwich, Norfolk

Civic and public life in Norwich 1933-1946, filmed by Charles Scott.

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Cat no. 374

Cromer 1934 (Norfolk)

Running time8:12 Colour Silent 1934 Cromer, Norfolk

Dufaycolor film of Cromer and Norfolk Broads.

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Cat no. 738

Sunny Clacton (1939, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex)

Running time18:06 Colour Silent 1939 Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

Amateur colour film of a fundraising carnival and summer activities at Clacton-on-Sea in the month before World War II was declared.

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Cat no. 419

Home Guard (1940-1945 King's Lynn, Norfolk)

Running time31:29 Black & White Silent 1940-1945 King's Lynn, Norfolk

The Norfolk Home Guard at King's Lynn

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Cat no. 941

Wright And Cooper Outing To Southend (1948, Southend-on-Sea, Essex)

Running time8:53 Black & White Silent 1948 Southend-on-Sea, Essex

A works day out to the seaside is filmed to provide entertainment for the staff at a later occasion.

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Cat no. 329

Milk (1949, Ipswich, Suffolk)

Running time11:20 Black & White Silent 1949 Ipswich, Suffolk

The production and use of milk.

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Cat no. 242

1953 Floods (Gorleston, Norfolk)

Running time10:08 Colour Silent 1953 Gorleston, Norfolk

A look at the day the 1953 floods hit Gorleston.

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Cat no. 796

Let's Go Shopping (1961, Haverhill, Suffolk)

Running time5:48 Black & White Silent 1961 Haverhill, Suffolk

A woman, Ann Yaxley, shopping in Haverhill.

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Cat no. 584

Tour of Harlow (1961, Harlow, Essex)

Running time13:45 Colour Silent 1961 Harlow, Essex

A visual tour of Harlow shot by an amateur filmmaker.

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Cat no. 223736

Haverhill To Cambridge In Two Minutes (c.1977)

Running time3:29 Colour Silent c.1959 Haverhill, Suffolk

Fast motion footage of a car journey from Haverhill to Cambridge to give the illusion of making the journey in only two minutes.

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Cat no. 1122

Royal Wedding Street Party (1981, Chelmsford, Essex)

Running time4:13 Colour Silent 1981 Chelmsford, Essex

A street party to celebrate the marriage of HRH The Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer.

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