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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First Purpose-built Traveller's Site in Britain
Does staying on a permanent site interfere with travellers' traditions? Travellers who live in caravans on a site in Wisbech speak to Anglia TV
News 1975 2 mins
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Taking a look at a Council-run travellers’ site in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, in 1975, which is, in fact, the first purpose-built caravan site that accommodates travellers in the UK. Greg Barnes, reporting for Anglia Television, meets the tenants asking why they choose to live in permanently located mobile homes. Is the site the antithesis to the old gypsy way-of-life? The Gypsy Liaison Officer and Site Warden, John Prior, is also interviewed.
Good Strong Coffee
Advert 1968 2 mins Silent
Far-out guys and groovy gals drop doses of good strong coffee in this psychedelic 1968 ad for the hot black stuff.
Music video 1980 24 mins Location: Great Yarmouth
Four rowdy teen punks tussle with the girls they fancy in this energetic pop music film shot on the seafront at Great Yarmouth.
Iroquois Rain Dance
News 1984 4 mins Location: Burrator Reservoir
Iroquois Earth Songs connect businessman to nature
Tribe of the Sun
Documentary 1972 24 mins
The ill-fated dreams of Sid Rawls’ band of ‘ultra hippies’ attempting a self-sufficient communal life on John Lennon’s ‘Beatle Island’.
Truro Carnival Week
News 1932 4 mins Silent Location: Truro
Trurorians enjoy street carnival celebrations
News 1967 1 mins Silent Location: Haytor Rocks
Hippies gather in Flower Power Love-in on Dartmoor’s Haytor
News 1978 4 mins Location: Wells-Next-The-Sea
On the night of 11th January 1978, a storm surge caused significant damage and coastal flooding from the Humber Estuary to Romney Marsh in Kent.
Children's 1963 59 mins Location: Ely
Eight East Anglian kids trapped by floods must fend for themselves in this wet and windy film adventure.
Carry on Scouting
Amateur film 1963 10 mins Silent Location: Wisbech
Like many young boys, Paul and David Plume enrolled as Cubs in their home town of Wisbech and benefitted from years of scouting experience and making friends along the way.
HRH Prince George at Wisbech
Non-Fiction 1932 4 mins Silent Location: Wisbech
The "capital of the the Fens" is brought to a standstill as crowds fill the streets to catch a glimpse of Prince George as he receives the Loyal Address from the Mayor.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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