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Norwich Heart, Heritage Economic & Regeneration Trust


Step back in time and appear in film at the ‘grand finale’ of HEART’s Digital Heritage screening at The Forum this Saturday.

Wednesday, 8th February 2012

Start the half term holidays with a trip to The Forum in Norwich this Saturday for the final chance to make the most of the 3 weeks of Digital Heritage activities that have been on offer. Norwich HEART’s (Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust) Digital Heritage Project is bringing archive film alive for just one more day on Saturday 11 February with fun activities for all generations. 

Visitors to The Forum can sit and relax in Fusion and enjoy watching a wide selection of fascinating archive films of both East Anglia and Upper Normandy on the big screen, get interactive with HistOracle’s gesture controlled technology or enjoy the unique chance to star in their own archive film and really get a feel of what it was like to live in the 1930’s – 1960’s.

Using the very latest digital technology, the green screen promises to provide hours of fun for all the family and visitors are invited to come along and dress up, interact and feature in fascinating archive films of the last century. Their archive film screen début, if they wish, will be recorded at the event so they can see the results online at a later date.

The green screen was a huge success in The Forum on Saturday 4 February and many families came along to star in their very own archive film.  Some took a trip back in time and appeared in films of Great Yarmouth’s beach in the 1920's, finishing a hard day's work in 1935 at the Colman Works and had a go at training to do their bit for King and Country by joining up with the Home Guard in King's Lynn. 

Visitors can also have a go at keeping fit and boxing at a Youth Club in 1948, join the football crowds on the River End terraces of Carrow Road in 1949 or get on the dance floor and join in with some 1960s dancing in Ipswich. 

The University of East Anglia’s and HEART’s state of the art gesture controlled technology project called ‘HistOracle’ is also at The Forum on Saturday - an exciting opportunity to view archive film of the Norwich 12 buildings by just a wave of your hand.  And come along and enjoy a visual feast of archive films from across East Anglia and Upper Normandy in the Fusion gallery. Films are screening all day between now and Saturday 10am - 5pm and are free of charge. 

The Digital Heritage Project presents this special collection of footage which compares and contrasts the way people worked for their wages, farmed their land, cooked their food, raised their families and took their holidays on both sides of the channel.

Jane Jarvis, Digital Heritage Project manager said: “It was great to have so many come along and take part last Saturday – we all had great fun… on both sides of the screen! It’s a bonus too for participants to be able to see a recording of their starring roles and we hope the experience will make a contribution to their understanding of social history and open up discussion with family and friends about what life used to be like. There are digital heritage activities for all generations this Saturday and we hope to welcome even more people along for the final day of the exhibition. Visitors of all ages will enjoy being hands on with this new technology and it’s the last opportunity to step back in time as a film star – the project has proved a tremendous source of both education and fun!”

The archive films include: 


  • •‘The Pleasure of Leisure’ - amateur films showing how East Anglians spent their leisure time in the 1930’s-50’s 
  • •‘Bicycles, Bedders and the Bumps’ - traditions and fun of student life at Cambridge in the 1920s and 1930s
  • •‘Football on amateur film’ - Football from the terraces –before the days of penalty shoot outs and undersoil heating! 
  • •‘The making of The Go-Between’ - the award winning film ‘The Go-Between’ starring Julie Christie and Alan Bates shot entirely on location in Norfolk in 1970
  • •‘Fish & Clips’ - The story of the rivers , estuaries and coastal waters of  East Anglia and northern France from the 1920s to the 1960s 
  • •Bon Appetit’ - A veritable archive feast and appetising menu all about  food from the past in Upper Normandy and the East of England  
  • •‘Pastures Olde’ - Enduring  images  of agriculture and farming in East Anglia from the 1920s to the 1960s 
  • •About an Archive’ - A behind the scenes look at the work of the East Anglian Film Archive, the first Regional Film Archive in England established in 1976 


The exhibition is free to enter and brought to you by Norwich HEART’s Digital Heritage Project working with the UEA’s East Anglian Film Archive and archive film from Rouen based Pole Image Haute-Normandie . It is funded by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA France Channel Partnership.

For further information on HEART and the Digital Heritage Project please visit





Notes to editors: 

For further information please contact Jane Jarvis or Lindsey Roffe at Norwich HEART on 01603 599579 or email,


Norwich HEART

Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) is a private, charitable trust set up to act as an umbrella organisation for all of the heritage on offer in Norwich. We strategically plan, regenerate, manage and promote Norwich’s heritage and act as a best practice model internationally for developing heritage as a social and economic regeneration vehicle. HEART receives core funding from Norwich City Council and further project funding from a variety of sources which has to date included the European Union, HM Treasury, the East of England Development Agency and Norfolk County Council. 


Digital Heritage Project

The Digital Heritage Project is currently working with the East Anglian Film Archive to digitise hundreds of archive films from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire from as far back as 1896. With an aim of bringing the archive alive, the Digital Heritage Project is working with two major film archives from both sides of the channel, EAFA and Rouen based, Pôle Image Haute-Normandie. 


In 2012, the Digital Heritage Project will launch its new website which will showcase a vast and impressive collection of East Anglian and French films which are an important part of our social history and heritage.  This project is made possible via EU funding from the Interreg IVA Channel Programme within the scope of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 

Norwich HEART is partnering Pole Image Haute-Normandie as part of their Interreg Channel Partnership, Digital Heritage. 

The East Anglian Film Archive is the moving image archive for the region. The Archive is owned and operated by the University of East Anglia (UEA) 


Pôle Image Haute-Normandie is a non-profit organisation funded by the Region of Upper Normandy and The Minister of Culture and Communication for its missions in favour of cinema, audiovisual production and photography Interreg IVA Channel Programme is funded by the European Union, within the scope of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme aims to promote emergence – between the French and English parties – of a space of common citizenship fostering a sense of belonging to a cross-border area, and endowed with a specific identity