Another Day! Another Fantastic Full Circle Screening by Fownhope Local History Group at Tarrington Village Hall, Herefordshire..



Yesterday I was delighted to spend the afternoon with Fownhope Local History Group and a members  of the Tarrington and Herefordshire communities. The group’s advertised ‘film of the day’ was a fabulous compilation of material, put together by Philip Leach from the Media Archive for Central England, consisting of some great Hop Picking and Farming footage from Peter Davies and John Barnett’s personal cine-film collections. The collections were found by the Fownhope Local History Group and have now been digitised with the help of the MACE’s Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Film Search Project.

As usual Rachel and her team were on hand to bake lots of delicious cakes and biscuits and pour fresh cups of tea at the interval – which were included in the £3 ticket price!Weston Beggard Hop Farmer John Barnett spoke during the interval about his experience of being a Hop Farmer over the past 50 years and why he chose to record the Hop farming/ cultivation process using his cine camera. His collection has now been digitised and the original cinefilms are being preserved at The Media Archive for Central England.

http://www.macearchive.org/Archive/Title/hops/MediaEntry/49102.html


Claston Farm – Hop Farmer Davies and his wife Pam. Peter Davies discusses with the audience his own experience of being a Hop Farmer in Herefordshire and just how much things have changed during his lifetime.

Overall, it was a great afternoon for learning about Herefordshire and Hops and for looking back at life from the late 1940s to 1970s.

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the Midlands region and would like to know how to look after them, please get in touch with us at MACE (Media Archive for Central England) to learn how to preserve them for future generations for years to come.

Tel: 01522 837752
Email: info@macearchive.org
Web: www.macearchive.org

Photography © Lucie Kerley

“Past Lives” a Present Success at LPAC Lincoln……


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Review of Past Lives – LPAC  Lincoln Performing Arts Centre Thursday 8th March

“…each luminous frame opened a successive drawer in an archive of memories…..” Richard Fung

Dave Sturt’s homage to home movies ‘Past Lives’, based on a collection of home movies from the MACE film archive and set to a live music score, has a starring cast of very ordinary people. These are the movie makers themselves who have visually captured and preserved our collective past.

Visual artist Anthony Hatton has captured the dreamy quality of the images, sometimes saturated with colour, sometimes spotted with age and cracked emulsion – but always vibrant and nostalgic, to evoke a time when holidays were taken in Britain by the seaside, tea was drunk from cups and saucers and little boys wore short trousers and knitted tops.

The performance takes us on a journey from 1930s to the 1970s covering aspects of rural life  from village carnivals and fancy dress pageants in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire to rare scenes of hop picker’s lives in Herefordshire to  beautifully idyllic childhood scenes from the much prized Bradley film collection.

Musicians Dave Sturt (fretless bass)  Theo Travis (flute, sax), Deirdre Benscik (cello) and Clare Bhabra (violin) elevated the film to a thought-provoking poetical level with their beautiful sounds.

Past Lives is touring across the Midlands see www.cipher.f9.co.uk   Kay Ogilvie  kogilvie@lincoln.ac.uk

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Photography © Lucie Kerley

Sneaky Peak Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Cipher’s Rehearsal of Upcoming ‘Past Lives’ Musical/ Archive Film Performance


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Over the past year and a half the @MACEarchive Media Archive for Central England‘s, @HeritageLottery Funded, Full Circle Project Curators Kay Ogilvie (@KayOgilvie) and Lucie Kerley (@luciekerley) have worked alongside local community and history groups throughout the midlands to collect over 200+ home-movie, industrial and amateur film collections relating to the East and West Midlands.

One of our West Midlands Full Circle Groups Norman Bartlam and the TNT News Team with the Mayoress Councillor Ward at a film screening event in Ladywood, Birmingham.

Dave Sturt and his creative musical troup – Cipher have collaborated with visual artist Anthony Hatton to produce a thought-provoking and engaging visual and live musical experience using little seen footage from the Media Archive of Central England, including local images of Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, West Midlands and Nottinghamshire.

Cipher's Dave and Theo

Cipher's Dave and Tony

MACE were delighted to be able to work with Cipher to give these previously hidden, film heritage gems new musical accompaniment in order to bring these silent home-movies to life! For more information see here.

Cipher during a rehearsal session of "Past Lives".

For tickets, please contact the venues directly.

Tour Dates:

08/03/12 – Lincoln Performing Arts Centre T: 01522 837600

09/03/12 – The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford      T: 01529 308710

27/03/12 – South Holland Centre, Spalding T: 01775 764 777

25/05/12 – Holymoorside Village Hall, Chesterfield  T: 01246 567118 or 861997

27/05/12 – The Broadway, Nottingham T: 0115 952 6600

30/05/12 – Solihull Arts Complex T: 0121 704 6962

24/06/12 – The Ritz cinema, Belper T: 01773 822 224

27/06/12 – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry T: 024 7652 4524

29/06/12 – The Public, West Bromwich  T: 0121 533 7161

07/07/12 – The Quad, Derby T: 01332 290606

08/07/12 – Gothic Warehouse, Cromford  T: 01629 824297

19/07/12 – Stamford Arts Centre T: 01780 763 20

http://www.cipher.f9.co.uk/index.htm

The music is composed by renowned musicians Theo Travis(flute, sax – David Sylvian, Steven Wilson, Robert Fripp) andDave Sturt (fretless bass/sound design – Gong, Steve Hillage, Bill Nelson). They will perform with guest musicians Deirdre Benscik (cello) and Clare Bhabra (violin) from the renownedSinfonia ViVA

Past Lives Rehearsal with digitally projected Full Circle films in the background.

Chair of Belbroughton History Society and Full Circle Depositor Sarah Bradley chats with pupils at Belbroughton Primary School during a screening of some local archive films from the MACE Full Circle Project.

Child engaging with vintage cine-film camera that was found during the MACE Full Circle Project at BBC Reel History Event in Leicester.

Dave Sturt chats to Sarah Bradley about her father's beautifully shot cinefilm collection, some of which will feature in the Past Lives performance.

the workshops…….some venues will be running workshops on the day of the performance – please ring to check.  They will demonstrate how to create a soundtrack and will give people a chance to play to a scene from the film. The workshop willinclude basic improvisation techniques, ‘capturing a mood’, exploring musical themes, using music technology in live performance and discovering the hidden potential of musical instruments. Interested musicians of all ages and all standards welcome.

our sponsors…….

A very big thank you to the following sponsors who have helped make this happen – The Heritage Lottery, Arts Council England, Derbyshire County Council and The QUAD, Derby

For more information about Dave Sturt or Cipher check out:

http://www.session-bass-guy.com


http://www.myspace.com/davesturt


http://www.cipher.f9.co.uk


http://www.jadewarrior.com


http://www.planetgong.co.uk


http://www.billnelson.com
 

If you have any cine film, tape or moving image material relating to the Midlands region and want to know how you can preserve these items for years to come and have relevant material digitised as part of the Full Circle Project, please get in touch with:

Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Project Curator: Community & Acquisition – 07919 896 505 or 01522 837756 (Wednesday’s) email: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

To learn more about the Full Circle Project, and check out the MACE website  for more Midlands film gems!


The MACE Full Circle Film Search Project 2011 – A photo re-cap and What’s On in 2012!


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Photography:  © Lucie Kerley 

Over the past year and a half the MACE Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project’s search for film has really taken off! We’ve been busy visiting numerous towns, cities and villages across the East & West Midlands in order to collect nearly 200 old cinefilm collections, meet depositors and hold screenings of newly digitised archive film collections found during the projects search for the Midlands Homemovies!

 
 
With nearly 70 film screenings under our belt to date and with a projected 100 more screenings planned for 2012, we are excited to say that with the help of our hardworking Community & History groups, we have truly been able to reunite  local  communities with their digitised screen heritage.
 
 
The film collections that have been found by the 70 or more Midlands based Full Circle groups helping out with the project will  be preserved at the MACE’s, Lincoln University based, new Archive Film Store facility after the project has ended.
 
The next chapter of the project will now see us working through the remaining collections that have come in over the past few months, by preparing them for digitisation and screening in the Local community from where they were originally shot.
 
There will also be a number of  film screenings with live musical accompaniment by Cipher – which is a small orchestra led by Dave Sturt, and musicians from Sinphonia ViVa! based in Derbyshire.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The screenings will focus on  a series of beautiful & arresting images from material in the collections that have been found by MACE’s Full Circle film search and will take place at a number of venues across the East and West Midlands. (Dates, times and ‘how to buy tickets’ info will be posted at a later date.)
 
 
08/03/12 – Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
09/03/12 – The Hub – National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford
27/03/12 – South Holland Centre, Spalding
25/05/12 – Holymoorside Village Hall, Chesterfield
27/05/12 – The Broadway, Nottingham
30/05/12 – Solihull Arts Complex
24/06/12 – The Ritz cinema, Belper
27/06/12 – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
29/06/12 – The Public, West Bromwich
07/07/12 – The Quad, Derby
08/07/12 – Gothic Warehouse, Cromford
19/07/12 – Stamford Arts Centre
 
 

If you have any cine film, tape or moving image material relating to the Midlands region and want to know how you can preserve these items for years to come and have relevant material digitised as part of the Full Circle Project, please get in touch with:

Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Project Curator: Community & Acquisition – 07919 896 505 or 01522 837756 (Wednesday’s) email: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

To learn more about the Full Circle Project, and check out the MACE website  for more Midlands film gems!
 
 

FULL CIRCLE PRESENTS: TODAY AT DASH IN SHREWSBURY AT 2pm, 1960S BARRS COURT SPECIAL SCHOOL FILM TO BE SHOWN AT DISABILITY ARCHIVE FILM SCREENING. RAISING THE ‘BARR’ FOR DISABILITY ARTS. DASH JOINS FULL CIRCLE’S FILM SEARCH.


Last year, DASH – Disability Arts in Shropshire, decided to participate in the Full Circle project, a 3 year Heritage Lottery Funded film search project run by MACE, The Media Archive for Central England. DASH is a disability arts user led organisation, running arts projects across Shropshire and beyond.

Full Circle will support local history societies and other organisations in finding, identifying and using film and video for the benefit of their community.

DASH is one of many community groups helping Full Circle as they embark upon a search for Midlands related moving image materials, such as film, tape or videos hidden away in the community.

DASH is holding it’s annual 2011 Disability Film Festival from 25TH – 28TH October.

As part of this a Full Circle screening of Midlands related archive footage is being held at 2pm, Today, Thursday 27th October at : DASH – Disability Arts in Shropshire,
Unit 4, Monkmoor Road, Monkmoor, Shrewsbury. SY2 5 ST
Visit: http://www.dasharts.org/newsArticle.jsp?newsID=312 – for full festival listings

The screening will include a digitised 16mm title from the Barrs Court Special School Collection: “A film showing how mentally handicapped children learn to live in the community through work, play, visits, travel, and new experiences.” The film was shot around 1964-65 by the Headteacher Mrs Gorin to act as a promotional film for the school to help raise money for a new pool. This film shows an example of the type of film footage that has already been donated to MACE and emphasises the importance of preserving these previously unseen gems.

Liz Pimblett of The Hereford Museum Resource & Learning Centre Full Circle Group – was contacted by Nigel Deeley, whose mother was deputy Head at Barrs Court Special School.

“We were all very excited to see what the collection contained as archive material relating to disabilities is not something that comes to light very often.”
The films were originally shot by the school’s headmistress Mrs Gorin.
Mrs Gorin set up the school in 1954 and was a qualified special needs teacher.

Barrs Court School for mentally handicapped children was ran by Herefordshire Health. Originally it had just 3 employees and then increased in size over the years.

Nigel Deeley’s mother started working at the school originally as a volunteer member of support staff in 1954 and after some shake-up at the school then went on to work as the Assistant Head. Mrs Deeley worked at the school for nearly 30 years.

During those years Mrs Gorin & Mrs Deeley ran the school they took the children on many school trips and holidays. Mrs Gorin had the idea to make a promotional film for the school to help raise funds for a swimming pool and toured the film around the area. Nigel Deeley often helped out in the evening at these film screenings. There were no men involved in the making of the film.

After Gorin left they virtually rebuilt the whole school, originally there was just two classrooms and 2 teachers. The school didn’t cook their own meals as the food used to come from the adjacent kitchens of another Hereford school close by .There were approximately 30 pupils at the school up to the ages of 15/16. A new hydrotherapy pool has now been built at the school to replace the old one and when Nigel Deeley’s mother died they put some money towards the fund for the new hydrotherapy replacement pool.

If you feel that you may have some old reels of film, tape or home videos that may be of interest to Full Circle’s search, that relate to the heritage of the Midlands, please get in touch with:

Full Circle project | Media Archive for Central England (MACE)
Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Curator – 07919 896505 / 01522 837756 (Wednesday’s) –
lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

or
Dr Paul A. Darke
Visual Arts Manager
DASH – Disability Arts in Shropshire
Tel: 01743 272939 & 01743 271676
Fax: 01743 272939
darke@dasharts.org
http://www.dasharts.org
Unit 4, Monkmoor Road,
Monkmoor,
Shrewsbury
SY2 5 ST
Company No. 4294985
Registered Charity No. 1090677

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Cannon Hill People’s Park celebrates their Victorian Open Weekend with a spot of archive film!


Last weekend, Saturday 18th- Sunday 19th June, the Cannon Hill People’s Park put on yet again another fantastic community event! The film was another excellent opportunity to screen some of the archive film found by MACE’s Full Circle Project relating to areas such as Balsall Heath and also Cannon Hill Park in an open air environment.

Cannon Hill People’s Park Friends joined with the Adult Services of Conductive Education in Birmingham to pay tribute to the Victorian Ms Louisa Ryland whose gave Cannon Hill Park in 1873 as well as many other gifts to the Town of her birth.
A history detectives house exhibition by the Park friends, with local history groups in Victorian dress brought the history of Birmingham’s Victorian social scene alive.  A MACE Full Circle Project archive film shows in the garden featured life in the local areas and Cannon Hill Park from the 1930s to 1970s, which people enjoyed with the Victorian Tea Tent, croquet, plant and bric a brac stalls. Throughout the weekend the Mayor and People of Birmingham learned more about their City benefactor, the Park and open natural spaces, as well as her Victorian Villa house, with tours featuring the wonderful restoration work undertaken since the Council handed it over to the Conductive Education Institute, as well as the domestic quarters in the roof and cellars which could be seen in the original state.
Tony Fox, Chair of Cannon Hill Peoples Park
 
 “‘Who do you think we are?’ is a Peoples Park Video with the range of encounters with Victorian Birmingham in Cannon Hill Park House, once home of Louisa Ryland the Town and peoples benefactor. From health and breathing places, investment in people to supporting parks and local business, thousands of Park visitors over the Open House and Garden Weekend 18-18 June enjoyed Victorian Tea and Plants marquues, archive film shows, tours of the Grade 1 house restoration by it Conductive Education Adult Services owners, and another enjoyable day in Cannon Hill Park courtesy of Park Friends and community history alive groups.
Further local living heritage activities in the Park over ArtsFest and Heritage Open Week 8-11 Sep 2011. Details: Peoples Park Events cannonhillfriend@aol.com
www.cannonhillpeoplespark.net

Come revel in a little community nostalgia of times-gone-by at Cawley Hall, Eye at the Full Circle Film screening on Saturday, 25th June


“NORTH HEREFORDSHIRE REPRESENTED IN FULL CIRCLE’S FILM SEARCH.”

Frank Dale used his cine-camera to capture local events in and around Leominster from 1953 onwards.

On Saturday, 25th June, the North Herefordshire Full Circle group invites you to a MACE introductory screening of locally found films shot by people in the Leominster and North Herefordshire area at Cawley Hall, Eye, 4 miles from Leominster.

Cawley Hall, Eye near Leominster. © Copyright Richard Webb and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The screening will include examples of the type of film footage that has already been donated to MACE and explain the importance of preserving these previously unseen gems.

Full Circle is a 3 year Heritage Lottery Funded project run by MACE, The Media Archive for Central England. Full Circle will support local history societies and other organisations in finding, identifying and using film and video for the benefit of their community. The North Herefordshire Group are one of the many community organisations/ history groups helping Full Circle as they embark upon a search for Midlands related moving image materials, such as film, tape or videos hidden away in the community.

 

The Cawley Hall bar will be open from 6:30pm and the film screening will commence at 7:30pm and go on until around 9:30pm with a 30 minute break in-between for refreshments. Tickets cost £5 on the door or £4 with a Truffle Card.

Over the 12 past months the MACE archive (The Media Archive for Central England) has worked alongside over 60 community organisations, museums & history groups to search for old film hidden in their community to find material that relates to their local heritage.

Anita Syers-Gibson, along with the help of the North Herefordshire group have so far unearthed a vast amount of film that shows life from the 1930s to the 1980s. Many of you may know the Dale family, and many of you may indeed remember Frank Dale himself carrying around a cine-camera, capturing local life, agricultural events, shows and also family moments.

Anita said about Full Circle: “It’s been a very exciting project and the collections we have found so far have been full of surprises!”

You may also be familiar with The Baldwin family of Eye whose grandfather Sir Archer Baldwin, Former MP for Leominster, travelled to Africa, capturing those moments on film to bring back and share with his family. There is also a selection of footage from the June Lloyd Collection, showing family life on the farm and other local Leominster events from the 60s to the 80s.

Some of you may even recognise yourselves, your family or friends in the films shown. It is a chance for us all to celebrate the fact that these 3 collections, out of the 115 that have been found so far, can now be shared and continued to be enjoyed by generations for years to come.

If you feel that you may have some old reels of film, tape or home videos that may be of interest to Full Circle’s search, that relate to the heritage of the Midlands, please get in touch with: Anita Syers-Gibson on 01568 615836

 

 Additional information concerning the Full Circle Group’s and their progress with the Full Circle search can be found at www.macearchive.org or follow our success stories at the MACELive Blog: www.macearchive.wordpress.com