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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Stevenage Comes of Age
In the 21st year following the first New Town designation to Stevenage, Anglia TV report on the quality of life of two of its residents, also 21, London-born Russell and David.
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Stevenage resident London-born Russell Beecheno was 7 when his family moved from the metropolis to the leafy suburbs. Now aged 21, Russell contemplates his life before and following the relocation, with mixed feelings. His thoughts on Stevenage? An abundance of playing spaces but architecturally tedious. This is a reflective short documentary for Anglia Television to mark the 21st year following Stevenage being designated the first New Town in England.
Following the Second World War, the Abercrombie Plan called for the establishment of a ring of new towns around London. Stevenage was designated the first on 1 August 1946.