Academic access

EAFA’s collections are a valuable resource for academics, researchers and students working across a range of disciplines.

Academic projects

We are currently collaborating with academics at the University of East Anglia 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.

UEA postgraduate students use our collections as the subject of their PhD and Masters Thesis, whilst undergraduates studying a range of humanities subjects engage with EAFA through core and specialist modules that draw upon our diverse holdings.

Find out more about our projects.


Research access

We also make our collections available to academics, researchers and educators outside UEA, and welcome enquiries about accessing our collections and collaborating on project ideas.

We recommend beginning your search for footage on our website, where over 200 hours of films are now available to view. You can explore our curated highlights, or browse our online catalogue.

Please note that there is a cost for copying films for off-site viewing, beginning at £80 +VAT for video formats, and £120 +VAT for film formats.

If you require further assistance in searching, or wish to order footage for remote research use, please contact us to discuss your ideas and requirements.


Onsite visits

Onsite visits are available by appointment, if what you are looking for is not available online. There is no charge to view accessible formats, such as video. Please note that there is a cost for onsite access to film formats, which must be digitised to ensure their safe usage. Digitisation costs begin at £120 +VAT.

Our reference and research collections can be accessed by appointment in the John and Joy Chittock Research Room. These book and paper collections relate to amateur filmmaking, regional television and industrial film production, in many cases connecting directly to the EAFA’s film and videotape holdings. The room was opened by the late John Chittock OBE, founding editor of Screen Digest and media columnist for The Financial Times for 24 years, on 23 August 2011.


More information

For further information about how we can support your academic access to our collections, please don’t hesitate to contact us.