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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Views of St. Albans
Amateur captured scenery 'round and about' St. Albans, including the Abbey, public gardens and winter scapes; picturesque scenes that unintentionally invite nostalgia.
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It's circa 1954 and children play in the street and suburb. The public gardens are in full bloom, and the sun reflects pleasingly on the boating lake as families enjoy the large and green open spaces. With few cars on the roads St. Albans looks inviting and picturesque. Later winter scenes contrast with the spring and summer sunshine, however still pleasing as thick snow builds on the suburban rooftops creating a quaint landscape fit for a seasonal greeting card.
Travelogue 1955 16 mins Silent Location: Vervlamivm (Roman Town)
The high number of intertitles suggest that the credited ‘Sound Engineer’ provided a now lost music accompaniment to the pictures.
Amateur film 1957 19 mins Silent Location: Wheathampstead
Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother opens Wheathampstead School, 1967. A young Queen Elizabeth at St Albans Cathedral, Maundy Thursday, 1957.
Travelogue 1920 9 mins Silent Location: St Albans
Popular with Romans, monks, and the Hertfordshire Albanians of 1920 and today, the historic city of St Albans was made to be put on film.
Amateur film 1969 3 mins Silent Location: St Albans
Amateur filmmaker John Anderson captures the tail end of the sixties, incidentally showing the pop culture and homeware trends of this era, visiting market day in St. Albans.
Non-Fiction 1913 3 mins Location: St Albans
An ancient parish custom is revived by twentieth century merrymakers in the historic Hertfordshire market-town.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.
Comedy 2023 2 mins
En-route to her hen weekend, bride-to-be Faye kills the vibe with a bombshell confession.
Documentary 2023 2 mins
An insight into Daytimers, the South Asian DJ collective that are breaking new ground in Britain.