Sci-Fi Compilation From The Media Archive For Central England – UFO Encounters

As part of the BFI Film Audience Network and in conjunction with our good friends at Film Hub Central East, MACE have put together a short compilation of news reports featuring stories of alien encounters, UFO sightings and general outer space wonderment to link in with the BFI’s Days of Fear and Wonder science fiction season.


The compilation includes an interview with Ambassador for Aliens Claude Rael, who hopes to build an embassy for aliens on earth. We also hear from retired spring maker Mr Court from Redditch, who is adamant that the Americans didn’t land on the moon, as well as a news report about a family from Oxfordshire who claim to have been abducted by aliens in a flying saucer.

We hope you enjoy the compilation and remember, keep watching the skies – you never know what’s out there!

Rescuing Warners – Documentary on MACE’s HLF Vinegar Syndrome Project

Wall Breaker Productions have produced a short documentary for MACE that tells the story of our on-going Heritage Lottery funded ‘Vinegar Syndrome’ project. 

The aim of the project is to save a film collection that is suffering from cellulose triacetate degradation or vinegar syndrome. The name derives from the smell of the acetic acid emitted from the decaying film, which in its advanced stages, becomes completely destroyed.


The  films, which were deposited with MACE by Wolverhampton City Archives, were made by Wolverhampton based production company Warners who specialised in making promotional and information films for a wide variety of clients during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

You can watch the full documentary on MACE’s Vimeo Page.

MACE Supplies Footage For PhD Exhibition- The 9 Archives Project

MACE has recently supplied footage for a PhD project by Manchester based visual artist Jo Clemence called The 9 Archives Project.

Jo’s work represents the culmination of a year long research project that began with visits to 9 UK regional film archives, including MACE,  each of which supplied an individual film from their collections. Jo has created 9 new bodies of work in response to each film and these new works reflect a fictional response to the factual information surrounding the film’s origin.

The resulting work denotes new methodologies for the interpretation of archived film and explores conditions for the reception of original materials to create a broader understanding of the possibilities and potential meanings that the films represent.

The film MACE supplied is a police surveillance film from 1935 called Street Betting, which depicts a group of men who seem to be loitering in Chesterfield market square for the purpose of betting. You can watch the film on MACE’s website here.

Jo’s response to this piece of archive material led her to create a sculpture called PANOPTICON (FOLLOW ME AND I’LL FOLLOW YOU) which is based on Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon structure. Bentham’s stucture  was initially developed to allow prison watchmen to observe inmates without them being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. In the exhibition itself, Jo placed the sculpture so that the whole 9 Archives Project exhibition was visible from inside it. The round ‘portals’ that the viewer looks through are reminiscent of camera lenses and it becomes clear that it is the exhibition and the audience who are under surveillance.

You can learn more about Jo’s project here

Past Lives Project Derby Launch: Wednesday 15th October

Freefall Arts are working with QUAD to call out across the city for cine films of Derby.With funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, FreeFall Arts are able to offer free digitisation of cine film that has been filmed in Derby and can be used in the project.  

Film depositors will keep their originals and also gain a copy on DVD allowing them to see their footage which for some may be the first time in decades. You can find out more here.

To mark the launch of the project, FreeFall Arts will be showing the original Past Lives Film which features amateur home movies from the Midlands dating from the 1930s – 1970s. These films have been edited into a feature film with a live soundtrack performed by international musicians from Sinfonia ViVA. You can watch a trailer here.

When: Wednesday 15th October at 4:20pm

Where: Cinema One

Tickets: £2.00

You can book tickets online or through the box office by calling 01332 290 606


You might not of heard of the Philharmonia Orchestra but you may well have heard them. They have played on soundtracks to films such as Thor: The Dark World and Hercules as well as video game soundtracks including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Philharmonia will be performing a special Sci-Fi themed concert at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester on Sunday 30th November. The event is to be hosted by Barry Norman and will feature music from a range of Sci-Fi films including Back to the Future, Star Wars, E.T. and many more. Full details of the event can be found below.

Philharmonia at the Movies: Sci-Fi
James Shearman – Conductor
Barry Norman – Presenter

Date: Sunday 30th November 2014
Time: 3.00pm
Venue: De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Ticket Prices: £13.00 to £36.00
£5.00 for students and under-25’s
(booking fees apply)
Box Office Tel: 0116 233 3111


Dr. Christine Grandy, Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Lincoln, invites you to find out about her research into social and cultural history through the medium of amateur film. Using footage from the Media Archive for Central England, Dr. Christine Grandy will take you on a journey through the wonderful world of amateur film from the Midlands.

The event will take place on Thursday 11th September at the Lincoln Drill Hall Auditorium. All are welcome and admission is free.

10am-11:30am Amateur Film during World War II
1pm-2:30pm Here and Away: Holiday Films and the Empire
7pm-8:30pm The Weird and Wonderful World of Amateur Film

This event is sponsored by the University of Lincoln and features material from the Media Archive for Central England (MACE)

Please contact with queries.

MACE Seeking Finance & Admin Officer

MACE is currently seeking a Finance and Admin Officer.

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We are a small team dedicated to the work that we do and to giving a first class service to our users. Our reputation is built on the quality of the work we do and this role within the organisation is pivotal in maintaining that reputation.

The person we are seeking will have the required qualifications and experience as a prerequisite. We are looking for IAB bookkeeping to level 3 (or equivalent) and experience with Sage 50 Accounts. The successful candidate must be able to work on the preparation of management accounts and the regular provision of cash flow forecasts and profit and loss figures and any other reports required by the Director or the board as well as dealing with the day to day maintenance of the bank account and VAT returns etc.

The person we are seeking will also be responsible for the provision of admin support to the organisation and will undertake specific administrative functions to support colleagues in their work.

Small organisations like MACE require people who are flexible in their approach and we will be seeking someone who shows that they are ready to take on and develop what is a varied role.

How to Apply

To apply please write to James Patterson, Director of MACE.

In your letter of application please explain why you are the person we are looking for by showing us that you understand the importance of good financial control and admin in an organisationand detailing your experience and tell us how it is relevant to the role.

It is important to us that the person who joins the team understands what the archive does and why we do it and wants to contribute to that work. We will additionally be looking for evidence of that sympathetic understanding in your letter.

Please attach your CV to the covering letter.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications which arrive in the form of CV with no attached letter or email addressing the above are most unlikely to be considered.

Please e-mail your application letter and CV to James Patterson, Director of MACE at

Applications should arrive by noon on Friday August 15th.

Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged.

We will be shortlisting during the week beginning 18th August.
Candidates not shortlisted will be informed.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview on 1st or 2nd September.
Interviews will be held at MACE’s office in Lincoln.