Take a walk through Bury St Edmunds’ history with touchscreen archive film pod in The Apex

Cllr Sarah Stamp, Jane Jarvis of Norwich HEART, Damien Parker from St Eds Borough and Justin Morse ops manager for the Apex.
Cllr Sarah Stamp, Jane Jarvis of Norwich HEART, Damien Parker from St Eds Borough and Justin Morse ops manager for the Apex.

The drama of the 1907 Bury St Edmunds Pageant, the bustling vibrancy of the town’s market in the 1950s and the Coronation celebrations can be relived through a fascinating archive footage machine installed at The Apex.

The 44in touchscreen pod provides a timeline of the town and the wider region through hundreds of films from as far back as 1896 which can be selected based on theme, place or year.

The film was gathered and digitally remastered over the past three years for the Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust’s Digital Heritage Project.

Cllr Sarah Stamp, cabinet member for heritage, arts and culture at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “This is like discovering Bury had YouTube a century ago. The film is so fresh and instantly appealing to all generations.”

Jane Jarvis, project manager of the Digital Heritage Project, added: “These giant touchscreens are a more public display of our region’s wonderful archive collection.”

Another pod has been set up in Fusion, at The Forum, Norwich. The clips are also at www.archivealive.org