The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) is the regional film archive for the East of England, wholly owned by UEA. EAFA was established in 1976 and part of the University since 1984.
The archive is an accredited archive under the National Archives Accreditation scheme putting it in the top 5% of archives in the UK. EAFA’s collections include 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 core collection reflects the six counties of the East of England region – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk through mainly non – fiction material such as advertising films, corporate videos, documentaries, home movies and travelogues. The collection includes approximately 75,000 catalogue titles and 148,000 physical items in total in the vaults.
The East Anglian Film Archive supports UEA teaching, research, engagement and enterprise activities. EAFA’s collections are a valuable resource for academics, researchers and students working across a range of disciplines. We collaborate with academics at UEA on a range of funded research projects and educational initiatives in areas such as media history, digital humanities, cultural heritage, screen education and medical humanities. These reflect the strengths of our collections in amateur filmmaking and regional television, but also EAFA’s cutting-edge digital expertise and infrastructure.
EAFA’s collections include 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.
We also make our collections available to academics, researchers, heritage organisations and broadcasters outside UEA and welcome enquiries about accessing our collections and collaborating on project ideas. Please contact us if what you are looking for is not available through our online catalogue.