National Archives ‘Digital Testbed’ Funding Awarded to EAFA


The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) in partnership with the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) School of Education have successfully secured funding from the National Archive’s ‘Digital Testbed’ programme.  The purpose of the fund is to encourage archive services to trial new approaches and enable the learning outcomes to be shared with the wider archive sector.  EAFA’s extensive collections of film, video and born-digital content, covering the 1890s to the present, are a valuable resource for academics, post-doctoral researchers and educators working across a range of disciplines.  This pilot project brings together expertise from EAFA and Dr John Gordon, Co-director of Research, and Reader in English Education at UEA’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning.

EAFA’s Academic Director, Dr Tim Snelson, has commented that “The East Anglian Film Archive is delighted to be partnering with UEA’s School of Education on this innovative project investigating the most effective uses of archival clips in teaching. This project is a timely and important intervention when the ongoing educational and social disruptions caused by Covid-19 have highlighted the importance of digital access and engagement with cultural resources.”