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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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.
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Due to extensive flood prevention work along the east coast following the catastrophic 1953 floods, the financial impact of the 1978 floods was much reduced although harbours, moored vessels, piers, roads and railway lines were severely damaged. The Ouse overflowed onto The Quays, leaving Kings Lynn town centre underwater and in Wells-next-the-Sea a 300-ton coaster was left stranded on Wells Quay car park when the waters receded.
At Wisbech in the Cambridgeshire fenlands, the River Nene burst its banks forcing over a thousand people to evacuate their homes, and dozens of brand new Skoda cars parked along South Quay at King’s Lynn were contaminated with sand and silt.
Amateur film 1953 4 mins Silent Location: Wells-Next-The-Sea
Amateur footage of community festivities for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, including fancy dress costume. Wells, 1953.
Amateur film 1956 17 mins Silent Location: Wells-Next-The-Sea
Community gatherings in Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk, captured by amateur filmmaker Cyril Claxton of Claxton's Mineral Water Works.
Amateur film 1951 4 mins Silent Location: Wells-Next-The-Sea
Amateur record of the Alpington villagers' annual visit to Wells for cockling in the 1950s, organised by the 'Wheel of Fortune' pub landlady.
School programme and Educational film 1976 15 mins Location: Wells-Next-The-Sea
Educational film with interesting time-lapse sequences, on the salt marshes at Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk.
Home movie 1953 14 mins Silent Location: Wells-Next-The-Sea
North Norfolk farmer, David Maufe, captures working life on his farm, Branthill Farms at Holkham in this home movie from 1953.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.
Comedy 2023 2 mins
En-route to her hen weekend, bride-to-be Faye kills the vibe with a bombshell confession.
Documentary 2023 2 mins
An insight into Daytimers, the South Asian DJ collective that are breaking new ground in Britain.