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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Stoke Mandeville Sports Stadium for the Disabled
Rare home movie capturing sporting action in 1967 at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics.
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Home movie of sporting activity at the International Stoke Mandeville Games in 1967, captured on Super 8 colour film by Maureen Jones of Norwich. Thought to be the birthplace of the Paralympics, the Stoke Mandeville Sports Stadium hosted a yearly international sporting competition for wheelchair users. Mrs Jones' amateur footage shows wheelchair athletes competing in a range of sports disciplines including archery and javelin.
Forerunner to the Paralympics, the Stoke Mandeville Games evolved from its beginnings as rehabilitation for British World War II veteran patients in 1948, thanks to the pioneering spirit of the then Director of the Spinal Cord Injuries Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Sir Ludwig Guttman. Neurologist Guttman offered an holistic approach to treating patients, encouraging participation in sport not only to help develop a patient's muscles but to also enhance psychological well-being.