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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Our Holidays 1932
With the luxury of a beach hut as their base, the Mann family from Southend took any opportunity to head up the coast to spend many happy days at Walton-on-the-Naze
Amateur film 1932 10 mins Silent
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Sidney Mann ran the family's music shop business in Colchester High Street. At any opportunity, the Manns and extended family would travel the 20 miles to spend a day by the sea at 'Lazidais' the family beach hut. This film of their fun and frolics is a compilation of outings in one year which most probably would have been shown as part of their Christmas entertainment.
It seems their days were far from lazy! With an action packed agenda of skipping, leapfrog, dancing, swimming and posing for the camera, the Mann family made the most of their downtime - with even Gran having a go on a Yo-Yo. 3 generations feature in this film with Sidney also featuring in front of the camera alongside his siblings, his wife Joan and paternal and maternal grandmothers Harriet and Ada Davies. Mann's Music Shop is still running today in Colchester.
Pioneers of Personal Film
Amateur film 1927 14 mins Silent
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Amateur film 1933 2 mins Silent
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Amateur film 1924 7 mins Silent
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Amateur film 1935 8 mins Silent Location: Walton-On-The-Naze
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Travelogue 1960 17 mins
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Sport 1960 29 mins
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