Calling all Scouts! 2-4pm Tues 17th April at The Crossing @ St Paul’s, Walsall Come & Enjoy a screening of L.G Stanley’s Third Walsall Sea Scouts Archive Films.


Brian Griffiths holds one of the 16mm reels from the L.G. Stanley Film Collection which documents the adventures of the Third Walsall Sea Scouts.

A few months ago I was contacted by Trevor McFarlane of Full Circle Group –  Cheslyn Hay & District History Society. Trevor had been notified of some cinefilms belonging to Brian Griffiths that had been originally  shot by the one and only L. G. Stanley (Sarg) born 13 February 1899, of the Third Walsall Sea Scouts.

“His father and Grandfather owned a substantial Leather Business making buckles and this expanded with the advent of plastics and moldings. The firm Alfred Stanley and Sons stood at the corner of Brace Street and Wednesbury Road. They lived in Slaney Road. When Sarg was 5 his father had a house built at 40 Gorway Road and the family moved there.” Excerpt from ‘History of the Third or How I Remember It.’ by Brian Griffiths. 

L. G. Stanley filmed many scouting activities and events in Walsall from the 1930s onwards. One of the films from the collection is entitled: Haunted Harbour. It is a Kinescout adaptation of the book by Percy F. Westerman.

Brian Griffiths remembers the 1957 The Jamboree; Indaba & MOOT, in Sutton Park :

“The Sea Scouts of Sutton Coldfield and Walsall Sea Scouts played host the World of Scouts and helped to organize the World JUBILLE JAMBOREE INDBA & MOOT in Sutton Park

There is a film that covers this event.

(Which is to be screened on 17th April 2012 at The Crossing at St Pauls, Walsall.)

At odd weekends just before the Jamboree, I had attended several County Meetings with Sarg. Just taking a few notes of dates, times and venues, later following the tuition given to me as a Work Services clerk in the army, I typed out notices, alternative minutes and schedules. This led Sarg to ask me if I was going to attend the event.

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” No” I said. “I will still be doing my National Service.”
“How much longer have you to serve”? was the next question.
“About four days after the Jamboree finishes”.
“I’ll see what I can do”. Knowing Sarg, that was just about anything. Sure enough, about a week before the Jamboree a Brigadier came into my office. The Civilian officer and I jumped to attention, but the Chief Engineer for Western Command stood the pair of us at our ease and asked if I was Brian Griffiths. I didn’t deny it. He asked what part I had played in the organization and I explained that I had taken notes attending meetings at County level, without letting on how many. He granted me leave to attend the Jamboree. It was a good job I had only four days left to do, before my “Demob” The Chief Clerk of the office and R.S.M.at Chester Castle were unhappy that I had influenced the Chief Engineer, but it was worth it.

The crew who shot the film of the comings and goings of the Jamboree were very busy all day and every day. Sarg was busy at meetings and finding old friends, inviting them to see the Guardship in the middle of Powell’s Pool. A Pulling Crew had to be maintained at all times.A telephone switch board had been installed in the after cabin. It had eight phone lines plus mine, also a typewriter and a primitive duplicator. The job in hand was exactly the same as the one I had left at The Command H.Q. at Chester. Typing and duplicating Minutes, similarly, results from events, It took a little organizing to see the camps and sights, I saw a lot of guests and they all needed tea and biscuits. Luckily my cousin was in the Galley. Each of us doing our own jobs, I have no idea how much David saw on the Jamboree.
There were 31,426 Scouts at the Jamboree from 88 countries were under canvas Sarg’s part in this memorable event was to look after all water activities on the various lakes in Sutton Park and in particular the major carnival and displays on Powell’s Pool. The Guardship was a special feature and over the course of the fourteen days 650 Scouters and guests came to the Guardship to see this unique training facility.

The Crossing
St Paul’s Church
Darwall Street
Walsall
WS1 1DA
Phone: 01922 645992

 To book tickets please contact The Crossing for more details.

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

Full Circle Archive Film Screening 31.03.12 Sytchampton Village Hall to show digitised Droitwich/ Ombersley archive cine film finds to local community.


MACE Full Circle Curator - Lucie Kerley shakes hands with Depositor Mike Turner as he hands over his cinefilm to be digitised and preserved by MACE.

A good while back I met Mike Turner of Ombersley at a Droitwich History & Archaeology Society meeting; when I first went along to talk about MACE’s Full Circle Community Film Search Project.

Mike had brought along a selection of cinefilms which he had shot some 40 + years ago. With help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, MACE was able to digitise this material – just one of 200 collections found during the Full Circle Project’s search for film, which are now going to be shown by  Ombersley Dramatic Society at Sytchampton Village Hall, Worcestershire. DY13 9SY on 31 March commencing at 7.30. pm.

Tickets can be obtained from Mike Turner, 01905 620757.

Other titles from Mike Turner’s Collection include:

“The combining of the Parishes of Ombersley and Doverdale in 1973 created one of the largest parishes in Worcestershire. The Parish extends from Crossway Green in the north to Hawford in the south and from east to west from the River Salwarpe to the River Severn. There is excellent farmland with two-thirds approximately devoted to arable crops and one-third pasture for livestock. The soil is similar to that of the Vale of Evesham.

“The village has a rich heritage of half-timbered houses built between 1450 and 1750, mostly within a short distance of the roundabout at the centre of the village. Within the village centre are 22 listed buildings, mainly black and white timbered buildings each unique in style and endowed with considerable charm. The availability of timber explains the concentration of so many timbered buildings in the village. Whilst most are now in use as private residences, some have had a colourful chequered history linked to a time when the village provided all basic services for residents. Many were occupied by a range of businesses including police houses, post offices, public houses, forges, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Villagers have a keen awareness of this historical heritage. There were expressions of sadness and regret when building of the A449, Worcester to Kidderminster trunk necessitated the demolition of buildings. Yet this bypass, with increasing motorised traffic, has contributed to ensuring the fabric of the village is preserved.

An opportunity for villagers to step back in time and to visit Ombersley’s recent past will be the showing of a collection of films taken in the 1970’s illustrating contemporary Ombersley. Films of that era have been digitised by Media Archive for Central England and show construction of the A449, the machines in use at that time and construction workers in their labours. Adult members of the audience may recognise themselves as children at play and performing in shows at the Memorial Hall. The programme is to be presented by Ombersley Dramatic Society at Sytchampton Village Hall on 31 March commencing at 7.30. pm. Tickets can be obtained from Mike Turner, 01905 620757.”

Written by Roy Murphy for The Parish of Ombersley and Doverdale Newsletter.

Opposite the car park of the Crown and Sandys is the 16th or 17th century Pewterer’s House. This originated in Bewdley and was re-erected in 1841 and eventually divided to form two cottages.

Cresswells, a ‘cruck house’ located alongside the roundabout was built before 1500. In 1926 the first petrol station in Ombersley was installed a few yards to the north of Cresswells.

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

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!
 
 

Stirchley Happenings Annual Christmas Archive Film Screening Gets Local Brum Community Feeling Full Circle Festive!


Merry Christmas from members of the Birmingham Full Circle Community Group - Stirchley Happenings!

Last weekend, Saturday 17th December from 4pm, the Stirchley Happenings Full Circle Group held their annual Christmas film screening at the Stirchley Community Church and all were invited!

As a pre-feature film short to raise awareness of their involvement in the MACE Full Circle Project, the group showed a 15 minute archive film compilation  of Christmas in Birmingham…

Then they showed their main film – Miracle on 34th Street, the 1947 version.

Members of the audience take their seats ready for a screening of Birmingham related Christmas archive films put together especially by MACE's Phil Leach.

What good film doesn't deserve popcorn!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Hat's on!

It was magical! Christmas at its best!


I wanted to shout

“I believe! I believe!”

As the last scenes were played and the credits rolled, audience members, old and young, hearts were filled with festive joy!

If you have any cine film, tape or moving image material relating to Stirchley, Birmingham or the wider 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

For more info on the Full Circle Project check out: http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html

Photography © Lucie Kerley

TNT Ladywood News Team’s History Show wows Ladywood residents by revisiting @MACEarchive ATV News stories & Full Circle film screening


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Earlier this month the wonderful TNT News Team & Ladywood History Group put on a fantastic exhibition and film screening event which ran over two days, 9th-10th December. It was held at the Parish Church of St John and St Peter, Darnley Road, just off Monument Road, Ladywood, Birmingham.

It was a fantastic day in the beautiful renovated church, complete with exhibition boards featuring local news stores and event covered by both the TNT News Team and Ladywood History Group’s Norman Bartlam, over the past 10 years or more. The event, which was attended by over 300 people over the course of the weekend, was a huge success and an opportunity for the younger members of the Ladywood community to show people the amazing work they had produced being part of TNT News Team.

When TNT & Ladywood History Group first got involved in the MACE (Media Archive for Central England) Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project, they were excited to see which ATV and Midlands News stories were held on film and preserved by MACE. The groups decided to breath new life into the stories and revisit them in 2011 to see how things had changed. They have put together a compilation of their work – The History Show, TNT News November 2011 – to be preserved at MACE for future generations to enjoy for years to come.

The TNT News - The History Show - November 2011 Compilation on DVD - revisiting stories from ATV and Midlands News, held at MACE.

Members of the community that had been featured in stories captured on camera by TNT came to visit the exhibition and also Mayoress Councillor Ward also gave her stamp of approval to the young people’s hard work and urged members of the community not to forget that our past is just as important as our future and should be preserved in the best way possible.

Mayoress Councillor Ward attended the TNT News & Ladywood History Group's 10th Anniversary Celebratory film screening event.

MACE's brand new film and tape store at the University of Lincoln funded by Revitalising the Regions.

If you have any cine film, tape or moving image material relating to Ladywood, Birmingham or the wider 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

http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html

Photography ©Lucie Kerley

Archive film screening tonight! At Holymoorside Village Hall Derbyshire as part of the Full Circle Heritage Lottery funded project….


Cans of film stored in temperature controlled conditions at the MACE archive

We are very pleased to be bringing an archive film screening to Holymoorside Village Hall tonight at 7pm. This is part of the Full Circle project developed by MACE to help protect and share our screen heritage. Tonight’s films will include 1960s films of floods in Matlock and Matlock Bath and the big freeze in the Matlock area of 1963. All filmed by the late Harry Gill a photographer from Matlock Bath and kindly deposited with our film archive for safe keeping by his daughter Phyllis Higton.

For more than 50 years, Harry Gill was a professional photographer who recorded thousands of events – from those of national importance to the homespun familiarity of local weddings. Although his territory was Matlock and the Peak District, he worked wherever commissions took him. Now, over 30 years after his death, Harry Gill’s photographic collection has been rediscovered – a unique, fascinating archive of life, people and places spanning 40 years until the late 1960s. http://www.andrewspages.dial.pipex.com/matlock/mag/reflections/gill.htm
Michael Fay

Holymoorside Village Hall, Holymoorside Road, Derbyshire S42 7DX Telephone: 01246 569882

If you have any films or moving image that you would like to preserve for the future and share with the community please contact Kay Ogilvie senior curator Full Circle kay.ogilvie@tiscali.co.uk

Tonight at 7:30pm: Come and enjoy a MACE Full Circle Screening of Herefordshire related Archive Film at Fownhope Memorial Hall £3 admission refreshments provided


Tonight one of our fantastic West Midlands Full Circle Groups, Fownhope Local History Group, have organised a screening of archive film that has been shot locally and shows places such as Mordiford and Fownhope, Hereford farming and Hop picking and other scenes of local Herefordshire life, some shot by local farmer John Barnett and friends who, many years ago, formed Hereford Cine Society captured many local events on film.

These cine-film collections were found by Fownhope LHG as part of the MACE Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Full Circle Project’ which runs until March 2013 and aims to search for moving image materials relating to the Midlands region, which is then digitised and put it back into the community in an accessible format that can be enjoyed at locally organised film screening events such as the one taking place tonight from 7:30pm at Fownhope Memorial Hall.

If anyone wishes to book a ticket, £3 admission, or reserve a seat please contact: David Clark – 01432 860017

If you have any old home-movies or cine-film lurking in your cupboard that you are unsure what to do with, please bring them along this evening to find out how we can preserve them and digitise any Midlands related material.
Contact: Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Curator: Community & Acquisition.
Tel: 07919 896505 or
email: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

See you tonight!

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TONIGHT from 7pm!! Come Celebrate Black History Month with @MACEarchive’s Full Circle Project and @The_Drum, Aston with a special screening of archive film and Philip Donnellan’s Controversial Film: The Colony, Bring along any old cine-films!!


Tonight, Wednesday 12th October, The Colony at The Drum

Controversial at the time of its original broadcast, this is a powerful film which explores the lives of Caribbean migrant communities living in Birmingham and the Midlands. Including interviews with Stan Crooke a railway signal man from St Kitts living in Balsall Heath and Bernice Smith a Jamaican teacher working at St James’ Primary School in Handsworth. This screening compliments the launch of the BBC’s ‘Reel History of Britain’ featuring Melvyn Bragg.

by Philip Donnellan

Click on the photo to book tickets!

The Drum are helping our Full Circle Film Search by looking for home-movies, or old cinefilm shot by your relatives that relate to your local area! http://www.the-drum.org.uk/news/full-circle/

MACE’s Full Circle Project pairs up with The Drum to search for home-movies

If you have any old cinefilm or  home-movies relating to the Birmingham, Aston and wider Midlands area and are not sure what to do with them… Bring them along to The Drum this evening and speak to myself, Full Circle Project Curator – Lucie Kerley – email:lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk or call: 07919 896505 if you are interested in hearing about the possibility of digitising this material in order to make it accessible and preserve it for future generations.

http://www.macearchive.org

http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html – For more information please check out.

See you there!!

Balsall Heath Full Circle film find turns back time for local residents.


At the end of May this year, I had the pleasure of presenting the Full Circle Project to members of  the Balsall Heath Local History Society.

We started the evening showing a short film that had recently been found after the Full Circle Project was featured on Central News.

The film, shot by the Downton Family of Balsall Heath, shows their home on William Edward Street in Balsall Heath. One of the many back to back terraced houses that were demolished around 30 years ago when Balsall Heath was redeveloped.

The film was a fantastic opportunity for members of the history society to see Balsall Heath in Moving Image and also in some cases colour footage too.  

Downton Family - William Edward Street, Balsall HeathFrankie Downton Collection. Home-movie - William Edward Street, Balsall Heath. Back-to-Back houses

A rarity I believe, as it wasn’t common for families to own luxury items such as cine-cameras as I was told by members of Balsall Heath History Society. The compilation, thoughtfully put together by MACE Programme Curator Phil Leach, consisted of ATV Today and Midlands News footage dating back to 1965 and showed the effects of immigration and ‘slum’  housing on the lives of local residents.  [ATV Today: 29.03.1971: Balsall Heath Slum - Report regarding Shelter criticism of Vincent Crescent, Balsall Heath in Birmingham. Interview with residents about the conditions.] http://www.macearchive.org/Archive/Title/atv-today-29031971-balsall-heath-slum/MediaEntry/15719.html

The Balsall Heath Local History Society have recently launched their Digital Balsall Heath Website, funded by the Heritage Lottery,  which will allow  people to interact with the material relating to Balsall Heath more extensively. Check out: http://www.digitalbalsallheath.org.uk/ for more information.

With people looking back at their own family history being so popular right now, we urge people to get check their lofts or cupboards, even garages for any old film collections that might hold key information about our Midlands Heritage.

If you have any film relating to Balsall Heath or the surrounding area please contact:

Chris Sutton – Balsall Heath LHS Development Worker – 0121 464 1890 – chris.sutton@stpaulstrust.org.uk

or for more information please check out: http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html