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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Skating in Oulton Broad
The once popular sport of Fen Skating, gracefully demonstrated on the frozen expanse of Oulton Broad near Lowestoft.
Home movie 1922 1 mins Silent
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The second half of the nineteenth century was the golden age of Fen Skating – the sport of speed skating on frozen flooded fens and broads. Competitive races were popular and drew large audiences. The course was 660 yards, marked by a barrel and flag at each end, and skaters raced in pairs, either side of the line between the barrels, and back to the start. Matches for women were also staged, but they drew a smaller audience and offered lower value prizes.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1988 5 mins Location: South Shields
Barbie dolls in pink battle khaki killing machines in a Christmas animation that cocks a snook at the “Disney Doctrine”.
Documentary 1980 14 mins Location: Haworth
Richard Whiteley joins children on the Worth Valley Railway Santa’s Special, while the Haworth Town Band sing On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at.
Government sponsored film 1977 2 mins Location: Belfast
Christmas in Belfast at the height of 'The Troubles'. Not the most wonderful time of year.
Musical 1964 70 mins Location: Liverpool
An incredibly joyous TV musical about a young woman's search for her long-lost cousin.
Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive
Public Information Filler 1963 1 mins
Ernie tells Eric to ‘be wise’ and not drive home after their Christmas party
Trick film 1898 1 mins Silent
These Victorian children's Christmas wishes come true in a very special early British film
Home movie 1947 2 mins Silent Location: Oulton Broad
Swimming, camping and fishing on Salhouse Broad - paradise for three brothers. Mother and Father join in the fun.
Home movie 1949 2 mins Silent Location: Oulton Broad
Motor cruisers wallow peacefully outside the Wherry Hotel as two boys hoist the sail of a gaff-rigged dinghy to catch whatever breeze they can.
Promotional 1975 14 mins Location: Ranworth
Johnny Morris commentates on holiday freedom 1970s style with a hired boat on the waterways on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.
Travelogue 1961 27 mins Location: Oulton Broad
Yes, sir! This Norfolk Broads tourist film promotes the pleasures of boating.
Amateur film 1938 16 mins Silent Location: Oulton Broad
Victor Harrison family film of the launching of the Yacht 'Elver' and its adventures at Oulton Broad, Brightlingsea, and West Mersea.
Amateur film 1975 4 mins Silent Location: Lowestoft
Amateur colour footage of streets, buildings and factories give viewers a nostalgic look around Lowestoft, Suffolk in the mid seventies.
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.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
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.
1912 5 mins Silent
Pathécolor’s mechanical stencil colouring is put to good use illustrating a festival at an ancient shrine.