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East Anglian Film Archive achieves national accreditation

The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA), owned and managed by the University of East Anglia (UEA), has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation.

Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage. Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that EAFA has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing; the care of its unique collections and what the service offers to its entire range of users.

The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) is a regional film archive wholly owned by UEA. Established in 1976, and part of the University since 1984, EAFA contains a collection of thousands of films and television programmes from 1896 to the present day, including unique collections from Anglia Television, BBC East, and the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers. The collection includes approximately 75,000 catalogue titles and 148,000 physical items in total in the vaults. EAFA is located at The Archive Centre in Norwich.

Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Sarah Barrow said: ‘I am delighted that EAFA has received recognition of its work through Archive Service Accreditation. It is particularly pleasing as the service is only the second film archive in the UK to attain accreditation, and is tremendous recognition of the quality of the service.’

The Archive Service Accreditation Panel congratulated the service on its development in recent years and the evident success of its stronger links to UEA. They welcomed the development of opportunities for closer working with other collections, as well as with research and teaching within the University. Given the service’s positive trajectory, the panel look forward to seeing how it develops in future.