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.
This film is part of Free
A lament for a more picturesque Britain; scenic Hertfordshire is threatened by the encroachment of a new motorway, the M1.
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As a new decade approaches, the landscape in and around Hemel Hempstead is changing forever. The leafy suburbs are being replaced by asphalt as the first section of the M1 motorway opens to the east of the town. This short film depicts a journey along the recently opened M1, filmed by a passenger in a moving car. Conspicuously free of heavy traffic the motorway is a far cry from the M1 witnessed today - there is no speed limit, no central reservation, and no lighting.