9th-10th December – Ladywood History Group 10th Anniversary Exhibition & Full Circle Archive Film Screening of old Ladywood


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On Friday 9th December 2011, one of the Media Archive for Central England’s Birmingham based Full Circle Groups – TNT News and Ladywood History Group – invite you to attend an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia of old Ladywood at The Church of St John and St Peter, Ladywood, from 11:00am – 7:30pm and Saturday 10th December from 10:00am – 1:00pm.

On Saturday, 10th December, people are invited to attend a screening of films from the @MACEarchive ATV collection relating to Ladywood, as it was when featured in the news in the 1950s and 1960s. And don’t miss the cutting of the cake by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham at 10:30am to celebrate this special occasion!

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Come along and see if you recognise anyone on the films!

Or of you have any old cine films or homemovies relating to Ladywood, Birmingham or the wider Midlands area that deserve preserving in a film archive and would like to know how they can be digitised free of charge as part of MACE’s Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Film Search Project, then please speak to MACE’s Full Circle Curator – Lucie Kerley, who will be in attendance at Saturday’s event.

You can also contact Lucie Kerley via email on: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

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MACE’s Full Circle Project Helps Cannon Hill Park put the Spring into Festival with archive film screening.


Last weekend Tony Fox and Friends of Cannon Hill Park held their Spring Countryside Fair at ‘Birmingham’s Premier Peoples Park’.
Over 10,000 people showed up over the course of the weekend to enjoy the many festivities taking place throughout the parks 215 acres.

To help the Cannon Hill Full Circle Group promote their search for film and home-movies at the event, MACE’s Phil Leach kindly put together a compilation capturing how changes in the environment have effected Cannon Hill Park and the surrounding areas over the years.

Tony Fox, Chair of The Cannon Hill People’s Park said:

“The 2 new ‘Peoples Park Films’ screen titles from the MACE Archive were a great hit – reaching distinct ‘village green’ audiences from Selly Oak/Stirchley as well as Moseley/Balsall Heath surrounding the City Park.”

You can watch a couple of short films from the Spring Festival here:  


For people who missed the film screenings, you can go along to the Heritage Open House Detectives Weekend (Cannon Hill House 18-19 June as part of Moseley Open Gardens weekend walkabout), who are also offering a film curtain raiser for local community meetings. Special audience screenings are also being arranged for City Parks Staff, or possibly Neighbourhood Office Team gatherings, Libraries seeking new purpose, local schools and community summer events – all promising to raise awareness of the imprtance of preserving our filmed ‘home-movie’ heritage.

“Altogether a good catch from the a-MACEing archive studios…”

If you have any old cine film or moving image materials, home-movies, relating to Cannon Hill Park or the surrounding area, please get in touch with Full Circle on 0116 252 5931 or email Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Curator on lk99@le.ac.uk.

From 500ft Hereford Bulls to a Dr that travels by Horse & Cart. Herefordshire Historians on the Hunt for Hidden Home-movies!


Audience member Mark Robinson watches the Full Circle Screening of material from the MACE ATV collection.

On Monday, 15th November, I was kindly invited along by Senior Archivist Rhys Griffith to the Herefordshire History & Archives Forum to discuss the MACE (Media Archive for Central England) Full Circle Project.

Tea, biscuits and a Full Circle Film search.

  The Full Circle film search project is funded by the Heritage Lottery with the aim being to work with community groups in order to preserve the people of the Midlands home-movies and then copy them into a format that as many people will be able to enjoy watching once more.

MACE archive film screening to promote Full Circle.

 The project will run until March 2013 and is searching for Midlands related moving image materials captured by the people who are at the very heart of their community.          

 

Herefordshire Record Office workers pour over a local map.

The Herefordshire History and Archives forum was attended by representative from a number of groups, including:

  • Jeff White – Cradley Heritage Group
  • Pam Hatherly – Leintwardine History Society
  • Anne Abbotts -  Wellington Heath Archive Group
  • David Clark – Fownhope History Group
  • Barbara Ferris – Dinedor Heritage Group
  • Mal Mason – Eardisley History Group
  • Dave Tristram – Herefordshire Council – Regeneration
  • Anita Syers-Gibson - Independent Volunteer
  • Barry Lawrence – Much Cowarne History Group
  • Alex Hoyle – Bromyard and District Local History Society
  • Mark Robinson – Webb-SHARE
  • Sue Knox – Herefordshire Council – Museum Development
  • Irene Orchard – Archive of Cider Pomology

Members of the Herefordshire History & Archive Forum.

 

Rhys Griffith - Senior Archivist at The Herefordshire Record Office

After catching up on the latest activities from each member, I gave a short presentation about the MACE archive Full Circle Project, and discussed why it was important that communities get involved in preserving their communities screen heritage.

As a way of promoting the Full Circle Project’s search for film, I put on a film, kindly compiled by MACE programmer Phil Leach,  showing clips taken from a selection of the ATV collection that is held at MACE.

The clips were  from taken from news stories that had made headlines over the past 40+ years. A glimpse of life in Herefordshire and some of the well-known characters that play a part in the making of Herefordshire history.

Smiles all round at memories of old Herefordshire.Dr Cyril Francis on his horse and cart doing the rounds, Hereford.

For more information on the Full Circle Project or to find out who your local participating group is please contact Lucie Kerley - Full Circle Project Curator at MACE. Tel: 0116 252 5931 0r Mob: 07919 896 505 email: lk99@le.ac.uk

To see more clips of Hereford or from other parts of the Midlands region check out www.macearchive.org and take a look at our online catalogue.

Photographs copyright Lucie Kerley.

Bring your memories to the Museum! Herefordshire Heritage Service joins Full Circle hunt for home-movies!


 

I had a fantastic meeting yesterday with Sarah Skelton and Elizabeth Pimblett – Community Heritage Officers – at Herefordshire Museum Resource & Learning Centre to discuss the Heritage Service’s participation in MACE’s, Heritage Lottery Funded, Full Circle project. 

“Herefordshire Heritage Services operates five sites across the county and Museum on the Move, a mobile museum, we also support the independent museums in the county through our Museum Development Officer scheme. Three of our sites are in the county town of Hereford – these are Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, the Old House and the new Museum Resource and Learning Centre (opened in 2008), our two heritage centres are the Market House Heritage Centre in Ross on Wye and Ledbury Heritage Centre. With the exception of the mobile museum, admission to museums, galleries and heritage centres is free of charge, charges apply for some events and special services.” 

The Museum Resource & Learning Centre, a state of the art centre is home to Herefordshire’s museum collections with a dedicated learning room for activities and events. It has a lively programme of family events, open days and behind the scenes tours. The MRLC will act as a reference & collection point for members of the community who feel they may have cinefilm/ videos or home movies which show Herefordshire at its best and are interested in having the footage preserved in the regions film archive. 

Full Circle are interested in collecting footage filmed by local people, who may have taken a cine-camera/camcorder/video camera etc along to community events such as: festivals, parades, fetes, fun runs, sports days, family outings and even to work, as a way of documenting their own lives. Any filmed record collected during the Full Circle Film Search, that shows life in the Midlands in some way, shape or form, will be then assessed and considered for inclusion as part of The Media Archive for Central Englands  60,000 + collection. 

By finding and preserving these filmed records, we are able to appreciate how the people of the Midlands lived in the past and how they live today.  We are able to see the changes that may have occurred and what it is that makes one village, town or community unique, and make it stand out from any other. The traditions that are celebrated by its people, etc.
Therefore, allowing us a glimpse into what life may be like for a resident of such village, in a way that was never captured by the news. 

Any films that members of the Hereford public have can be deposited with The Museum Resource and Learning Centre. Copies of any appropriate material will be made for preservation in the MACE archive, given to the contributor and also, with permission, copied for the use and enjoyment of the community. 

So, if you have any film you would like to deposit with the Herefordshire Heritage Service, who would like to encourage people to “bring their memories to the museum.” Please contact Heritage Services on: 

Heritage Services
Museum Resource & Learning Centre
58 Friars Street
Hereford
HR4 0AS
 

Office Tel No: 01432 383383
Email:
herefordmuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk 

For more information on Full Circle or on how your community can join in the search for film please contact: 

Lucie Kerley – Full Circle |Curator: Community & Acquisition. Email: lk99@le.ac.uk or Call: 0116 252 5931 / 07919 896 505.  

For information about MACE please visit http://www.macearchive.org