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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Great Yarmouth Dockside Railway
There’s an obliging pose for the camera by a brawny and tattooed docker as his fellow workers push the freight along Yarmouth’s Rail Line.
Amateur film 1930 3 mins Silent
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Great Yarmouth once had a network of rail lines linking the stations with the quays so that freight traffic could be easily transported to and from the water. In this footage from the 1930s we see the dockside labourers pushing and pulling a heavy load through Yarmouth’s streets via the railway line. The filmmaker takes a particular interest in the tattoos of one of the dockers, capturing the two full arms of colourful designs, with the owner happy to pose for the camera.
This footage was filmed by Mr George Hudson, an employee of the well known Ilford Photographic Company and so had easy access to the 16mm film he captured these scenes on. The filmmaker, perhaps holidaying in Yarmouth with his family, ascends the famous Atlantis Tower, providing great high angle views looking down over the seaside town.
Building a British Railway
Documentary 1959 17 mins
This poetic Free Cinema documentary, filmed near Manchester, reflects on the changing world of the engineman.
Non-Fiction 1976 7 mins Location: Bridgnorth
Is Chris Tarrant up to shovelling a ton and a half of coal to keep the fire burning and the steam up between Bridgnorth and Bewdley?
Industry sponsored film 1939 45 mins Silent Location: Northampton
With the horrific effects of gas warfare still fresh in the memory, rubberised men – like extras from a 1950s British sci fi movie – prepare for more, with 1940s attention to detail.
Amateur film 1975 33 mins Silent Location: Rainhill
Come and see Rocket 150, and visit a selection of railway locations, past and preserved.
Documentary 1955 10 mins Location: Bleathgill
Snowploughs are readied to rescue a snowbound train - in one of the most popular of all British Transport Films.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
Telling the story of four British Road Services drivers who lived and worked together for two years.
Non-Fiction 1968 3 mins Silent Location: Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth, Cleethorpes, Skegness and Clacton all feature sunbathing, donkey rides, bank holiday traffic queues and rowdy youths.
Documentary 1936 3 mins Silent Location: Gorleston Cliffs
Scenes of the herring harvest filmed at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk by amateur cameraman Mr Croxson who visited the wreck of a drifter recently lost with all her crew.
Documentary 1970 11 mins Location: Great Yarmouth
Three local history stories about boats – a racing yacht built 1827, locks giving boats access along the River Stour, and the herring drifters fishing from Great Yarmouth.
Amateur film 1933 8 mins Silent Location: New Holland
The couples rendezvous at New Holland station on the Humber estuary, on their way to the Norfolk Broads in an Austin 12/4.
Non-Fiction 1966 1 mins Silent Location: Skegness
Easter Monday crowds pour off the trains at Skegness and in Yarmouth, mods and rockers skirmish with the Police on Marine Parade.
1932 2 mins Silent Location: Great Yarmouth
Thou shalt have a fishy: there are herrings aplenty as industrious Yarmouth fishermen get to work in this newsreel item
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
A vibrant festival with parades of fishermen and geisha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
Travelogue 1906 5 mins Silent
Be prepared to get drenched as you slip past dangerous rocks in this violent ride down the rapidly flowing Hozu River.
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