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

PHILHARMONIA AT THE MOVIES- A MUSICAL SCI-FI EVENT AT DE MONTFORT HALL LEICESTER


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

SPEND A DAY AT THE HOME MOVIES- A HISTORY EVENT AT LINCOLN DRILL HALL


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 cgrandy@lincoln.ac.uk with queries.

MACE Seeking Finance & Admin Officer


MACE is currently seeking a Finance and Admin Officer.

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Background

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 jpatterson@lincoln.ac.uk

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.

MACE’s Development Manager Emma Morley leaves MACE to work Freelance


MACE’s Development Manager, Emma Morley is leaving MACE tomorrow (Friday 25th July) to work freelance in TV & Film Production.

Emma last worked in television in the early noughties as Producer’s Assistant on TV drama Peak Practice and in archive sales for Carlton Television before working for New Perspectives Theatre Company for 5 years and subsequently moving to MACE in 2009.

MACE’s Director, James Patterson says:

With great sadness MACE is saying goodbye to Emma Morley who has been with us as our development manager for the past 5 years. Development manager is a title that fails to reveal all the things that Emma has done and been for us. She has been busy not only developing our sales and commercial profile but also masterminding our profile and marketing as well as looking after all our book-keeping and accounting. A really remarkable portfolio given how the organisation has grown.

Many of you will have encountered her one way or another over the years and I have no doubt that you will want to join me and everyone at MACE in thanking her for the huge contribution she has made to MACE and wishing her every success in her new role.

Emma Morley outside MACE's offices at the University of Lincoln

Emma Morley outside MACE’s offices at the University of Lincoln

Emma says:

‘Working for MACE has been an incredible experience and those who’ve worked with me know that I’m very passionate about the organisation and archive film. The job has been so varied, from researching and licensing film extracts to managing the accounts and marketing. I’ve had the most amazingly dedicated colleagues at MACE. I’ll miss them immensely and will be staying in touch and watching MACE continue to grow! I’ll now be working freelance, firstly as a Production Secretary in TV drama, but I do hope to still be doing some archive research in the next 30 years of my career!’

Those who would like to stay in touch with Emma professionally can find her on Linked In here or on Twitter on @emmasianmorley

MACE are about to advertise for a Finance & Admin Officer. Further details will be posted shortly.

‘The Making of Mordor’ exhibition (Sept-Jan) at Wolverhampton Art Gallery includes Bilston footage from 1975


An ATV Today news report from 1975 featuring Bilston in the Black Country will be exhibited at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in September.

The footage will feature in The Making of Mordor, a five month exhibition which feature works J.R.R Tolkien and other 20th century and contemporary artists and writers who have been influenced by West Midlands industry.

The exhibition runs from 20 September2014 to 17 January 2015

The gallery’s website says:

‘Mordor’ conjures images of a blackened land consumed by industry. This exhibition explores the links between J.R.R. Tolkien’s depictions of this fantasy region in The Lord of the Rings and the Black Country of the 1900s, which lay a few miles from his childhood home.

Alongside reproductions from Tolkien’s sketchbooks, The Making of Mordor will feature works by other 20th century artists and writers who have been influenced by the industrial powerhouse of the West Midlands. Contemporary responses to the post-industrial Black Country will also be on show, including works by Turner Prize nominee Richard Billingham, photographer Brian Griffin and internationally acclaimed installation artist Olafur Eliasson. The exhibition also features archive film.

The short is ATV Today: 23.07.1975: Beautiful Bilston in which ATV Today reporter, John Swallow talked to an urban planner in Bilston about plans to transform the town’s industrial waste land.

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View the film on our main website here. 

Bilston Blast Furnace footage from 1977 featured in Bantock House Museum exhibition


An exhibition which provided a brief history of many Black Country based companies  in words and images, and  encouraged visitors to share their own memories, ran from January to May at Bantock House Museum and featured a short film from our ITV regional collection of Bilston Blast Furnace.

ATV Today: 11.07.1977: Bilston Blast Furnace] (c) ITV

ATV Today: 11.07.1977: Bilston Blast Furnace] (c) ITV

The exhibition, All in a Day’s Work ran from 23 January to 5 May.

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The exhibition description said:

The Black Country was home to many large manufacturing companies that have now moved out, closed down or reduced production. Companies such as Goodyear, Courtaulds, Star Aluminium, Ever Ready, Stewarts and Lloyds, GKN, Rubery Owen, FH Lloyds and John Thompson employed thousands of local men and women and formed an important part of their lives and social culture.

MACE supplied ATV Today: 11.07.1977: Bilston Blast Furnace in which ATV Today reporter John Swallow interviewed workers at the last remaining working blast furnace in the Black Country, Bilston Steel Works.

The plant, nicknamed Elizabeth, was operated by British Steel. John Swallow interviewed workers about their jobs, the conditions and the practice of handing out beer tokens to men in the plant.

To view this short film on our main website, click here.