The East Anglian Film Archive, the first and largest Regional Film Archive in England, was established in 1976. Since 1984, EAFA has been owned and operated by the University of East Anglia, Norwich (UEA), to support research and work to preserve our moving image heritage. More than 250 hours are freely available online as examples of the wide range of film which attracts interest the world over.
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An amateur film, in colour and beautifully crafted, of the environment around the Blackwater Estuary near West Mersea, Essex, circa 1972.
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Footage captured on board the boat Tellina by Geoffrey Fox, a research scientist working with the Department of Oceanography, whose job it was to survey the waters of the Blackwater Estuary, in light of concerns about pollution of the oyster fisheries. Oysters have been harvested from the estuary for more than a thousand years. Mr Fox’s job was to collect data to determine if there was a problem with effluent discharged into the waters from the nearby Bradwell Power Station.
The Blackwater Estuary is the estuary of the River Blackwater between Maldon and West Mersea in Essex. Mr Fox's film is a personal record, not an official record for his employer. He enjoyed documenting his work excursions as well as making home movies.