About Us

Bringing Archive Alive on screen, online, and in education

Norwich HEART’s Digital Heritage Project is bringing the archive alive by working in partnership with two major film archives from both sides of the channel: the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) owned and operated by the University of East Anglia, and Rouen based Pôle Image Haute-Normandie (PIHN) with the archive of the Mémoire Audiovisuelle Haute-Normandie (MAHN).

Hundreds of archive films from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and the départments of the Seine Maritime and the Eure have been digitised to compare and contrast our shared social history and heritage.

The Digital Heritage Project launched www.archivealive.org in October 2012 to showcase a variety of the vast and impressive collection of East Anglian and Upper Normandy films from as far back as 1896 to the 1980s and to ensure they can be enjoyed by a much wider audience. This innovative website resource will be of interest to all ages for entertainment, engagement and education. The project will reach audiences via a number of platforms on screen, online and in education.

On Screen: The Digital Heritage Project is bringing archive alive by screening films at various events and venues in both rural and urban communities throughout East Anglia - Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire and Upper Normandy. You can register to be kept informed or just click on the 'News & Events' page at www.archivealive.org to check on forthcoming screening events over the next few months.

Online: The website is bringing the history of East Anglia and Upper Normandy alive through a unique moving image timeline of film of the last century showcasing events, places and people captured on film over the decades.

In Education: The Digital Heritage Project is building on Norwich HEART’s work in education. Easy access to digitised archive film footage will help audiences develop an understanding of the culture and identity of our two regions as well as inspire, educate and entertain audiences of all ages.

This project is made possible within the scope of the INTERREG IVA France (Channel) - England cross-border European cooperation programme, co-financed by the ERDF.