About the collection

We look after many thousands of films and television programmes dating from 1896 to the present day.

About our collections

EAFA preserves and makes accessible the screen heritage of the East of England. Content largely relates to the six counties within the east of England – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Our holdings include amateur film, advertising films, corporate films, travelogues, documentaries, educational films and animation. We also hold ITV Anglia and BBC East broadcast collections. EAFA is proud to be the repository for the internationally significant Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC) collection.

Collections are stored in purpose built temperature and humidity controlled vaults at the Archive Centre, Norwich. Digital assets are stored in our digital repository. EAFA holds a small collection of paper items which relate to our moving image collections.


Watch our films

Over 200 hours of footage is available to watch for free via our website. We are adding to this all the time, ensuring that the screen heritage we care for can be enjoyed at home, wherever you are in the world.

To watch curated selections of the films in our collections, explore our Highlights >>>

To find films related to your location and chosen themes, search our catalogue >>>

Following the national ‘Unlocking Film Heritage’ programme, you can view an additional 600 films from our collections via BFI Player >>>