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Norwich HEART's Digital Heritage Project brought archive alive through the website.

Archive Alive is a showcase of the best films found in the University of East Anglia's East Anglian Film Archive, and in the archives of Upper Normandy in France. This unique resource helps compare and contrast the regions across 100 years of history with film footage from as early as 1896.

Designed to coordinate with the National Curriculum across all key stages, each film can be used within the classroom using an in depth keyword search system that lets teachers and students find exactly what they are after. 

Each film also comes with background information, contextualising the history of our regions.

This cross channel digitisation project aims to increase public access to a unique collection of archive films from the East of England and Upper Normandy in France from the turn of the 20th century. HEART is collaborating with Rouen based screen agency Pôle Image Haute-Normandie and the archive film collections of the East Anglian Film Archive to bring this valuable, moving image history alive for modern audiences.

Archive Alive Mobile Cinema Tour

In June 2013, the Digital Heritage Project took archive film on the road courtesy of a 1960s vintage mobile cinema and brought the archive alive to people throughout Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.

This exciting and unique tour incorporated the mobile cinema stopping at 17 locations across East Anglia to offer free screenings of local archive films from the last century aboard the 22 seater digital cinema.

The Archive Alive tour kicked off on Sunday 2 June in Clacton-on-sea, Essex and completed its journey in Hunstanton, Norfolk on Monday 10 June. The complete itinerary was as follows:



Tuesday 4 – ELY & CAMBRIDGE

Wednesday 5 – RAF LAKENHEATH (for airbase personnel only)

Thursday 6 – DISS & BURY ST EDMUNDS 






For more information about the tour, and to see clips of archive films from around the region, visit 

Bringing archive alive:

On Screen

A series of delightful, themed productions comparing and contrasting our valuable social history and heritage of the two regions. Screened on a variety of digital media platforms at venues in both rural and urban communities, these films will reach a wider audience to both inform and entertain.



A bi-lingual website,, brings the history of East Anglia and Upper Normandy alive through a moving image timeline of film from as far back as 1896 showcasing events, places and people captured on film over the decades. Also, in line with fast moving technology, all content on the website is fully compatbile with mobile and tablet viewing.


In Education

For students of all ages, the project will build on HEART's work in education to ensure access to archive footage for inspiration, interaction and understanding of the culture and identity of our two regions.



Approved for a European Regional Development Fund grant over three years by the European Union's INTERREG IVA France (Channel) - England cross-border European cooperation Programme 2007-2013, the digital networks and cultural exchanges created by the project will form a lasting legacy and an increased cultural understanding of our filmic heritage.