If you’re in the Midlands region and tuned into ITV Central tonight you may have seen our DVD releases, Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District and Nottingham on Film pop up!
Nottingham on Film is available to purchase at Nottingham Tourism Centre in the city, but you can also purchase it online at our webshop, as well as on Amazon, Ebay and Play.com
Among hidden gems are scenes of enjoyment at the Goose Fair, coronation celebrations, life on the shop floor in knitwear, lace, bicycles and tobacco; trade on the River Trent, and a wealth of news reports from ITV’s regional news magazine programme, ATV Today. These include the opening of the Nottingham Playhouse and building work at the ‘new’ Victoria Centre in 1964.
Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District has just been released and contains 80 minutes of archive films from the 1930s to 1980s. Some of the images will be familiar to many, such as Dovedale Stepping Stones which have barely changed since 1938. But other’s provide a ghostly vision of what once was. There is a beautful moment when a steam train billows out of the Monsal tunnel, along the Headtone Viaduct and through the valley. I rewound this moment quite a few times when I watched the DVD myself!
Other moments that are now simply memories captured on film and photographs are cotton spinning at Masson Mill and a look back to the flooding of Ashopton and Derwent Village to make way for Ladybower Reservoir.
Anyone who has a passion for the Peak District and Derbyshire will no doubt be tranfixed by some of these rarely seen images which are now released on DVD for many to see and enjoy.
MACE have a special offer running on the two DVDs until 27th August, exclusive to their website: If the two titles are purchased together we are offering a £2 discount. Simply place both titles in your Webshop basket and the discount will automatically apply.
Nottingham on Filmand Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District are two of nine DVDs being released in a series called Midlands on Film, which in different ways capture the people, history, culture and traditions of the Midlands through moving images. More titles will be released throughout September and October.
We are thrilled and excited to be working with Cipher’s musicians and artists to present this wonderful film heritage and musical event. 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.
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
The music is composed by renowned musicians Theo Travis (flute, sax – David Sylvian, Steven Wilson, Robert Fripp) and Dave 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 renowned Sinfonia ViVA
Capturing moving images is now commonplace with mobile phones and pocket cameras, but before the digital age it wasn’t so easy. Small format movie cameras were the liberating technology of the mid-20th Century, giving ordinary people the chance to record everyday events on their 8mm and 16mm cameras.
a bit about Cipher……
Dave Sturt and Theo Travis have been developing their own original film scores since 1996 utilizing contemporary digital sound-processing techniques, acoustic instruments, voices and natural sounds. Their music features the use of looping technology, effects, improvisation, and melodic composition. The music is intense, emotional, often dark, spontaneous and lyrical.http://www.cipher.f9.co.uk/reviews.htm
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 will include 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.
A very big thank you to the following sponsors who have helped make this happen – Arts Council England, Derbyshire County Council and The QUAD, Derby
This is going to be a busy year in DVD releases for MACE, not only have we just started to co-produce a documentary on the history of ATV Today, the Lincoln School of Media continue to produce a series of DVDs of local interest to the Midlands region.
‘Midlands on Film’ is a series of nine DVDs celebrating people and places of the region through moving image preserved in the archive.
Heralded by the release of Nottingham on Film in 2011, Rebuilding Coventry, Made in Leicester and Derbyshire on Film will follow early in 2012 . Further titles showcasing the range of material held at MACE will cover Lincoln & Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire and Birmingham. A further title, yet to be confirmed will profile either The Black Country or Worcestershire.
Growing out of the varied material in the collections, many topics and themes are explored across the series: Industry and farming; cityscapes (including the rebuilding of Coventry and redevelopment of Birmingham) and the region’s rural landscapes; And of course home and community life, including the celebrations such as the Coronation in 1953 and the Silver Jubilee in 1977, all reflecting the changing world in which we live.
The production of these nine DVDs is a collaboration between MACE and the School of Media at the University of Lincoln and has been made possible by the generous financial support of EM Media through the UK Film Council’s Digital Film Archive Fund.
Further details on some of these titles will be uploaded to our online shop in the coming weeks and you will be able to click ‘NOTIFY ME’ to be emailed when they become available. Updates on this will be blogged about in due course.
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Happy New Year!!
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!
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: email@example.com
Today at the museum everyone is welcome to bring along their films and home-movies. The museum has joined the Full Circle film search project and is hosting today’s event. Kay Ogilvie senior curator for Full Circle will be there to talk to you about preserving your films for now and for future generations to enjoy. Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum Chapel Street Ruddington Nottingham NG11 6HE. From 2pm to 6pm.
Telephone: 01159 846 914
To find out more about the Full Circle visit http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html
A HERITAGE of HERITAGE EVENTS!
An Invitation to all Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Museums, Heritage Groups, Local Historical & Genealogical Societies & Community Groups to join with us to celebrate Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Heritage, ALFRETON LEISURE CENTRE, Church Street, Alfreton, DE55 7BD 10am to 4pm Children 16 and under Free, Adults £1
Come and see Kay, senior curator of Full Circle at the Full Circle stall and find out how your films can be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
The Fred Alvey films were shot by Roy’s brother Fred Alvey. He started filming in 1955. A film enthusiast, Fred also put on public film shows at Alfreton town hall in the 1970s. The collection, which Roy has kindly donated to the archive, includes footage of the Cromford Raft Races. The collection also includes some 1950s 8mm footage shot from the window of a moving car, depicting a complete journey from Alfreton to Derby.
In order to achieve this, the camera was mounted inside the car, and the footage filmed by shooting still frames at intervals, a kind of stop-motion effect similar to that used in animation films. The final film, when played back, appears dramatically speeded up, and takes the viewer on a whirlwind tour of the area. The footage offers a fascinating insight into everyday life and street scenes which are often neglected by filmmaker in favour of family events or special occasions.
Organiser: ALFRETON & DISTRICT HERITAGE TRUST Vice Chair – Paul Nichols Tel 01773 604809 http://www.alfretonheritage.com In Conjunction With: JACKSDALE AREA CULTURE & HERITAGE Secretary – Carol Taylor-Cockayne Tel 01773 603440 www.jacksdale.org.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any films or moving image that you would like to share with the community and preserve for future generations to enjoy then contact Kay Ogilvie, senior curator on email@example.com
Bill Clark is the 6th generation of a long line of Clarks whose ancester, Hezekiah, established an early dyeing business in Retford in 1798. Dry cleaning and laundering developed necessitating a move to what became Hallcroft Works in Retford.Bill has searched his attic and found reels of film relating to the Clark dyeing and dry cleaning business – he is depositing these with Full Circle at MACE. We will be making copies of these reels of 16mm film onto DVD and making them available for viewing.Just one of over 100 laundry and dry cleaning shops that were part of the Clark industry. The Clarks were responsible for developing the early stages of dyeing non natural fabrics like Rayon.
Bill still has his father’s Bell and Howell 16mm film projector in full working order!The business all started when Hezekiah Clark came from Derby in the 1780s to work at the Revolution Mill as a dyer. After that failed he set up on his own as a dyer in Retford in 1798.Bill inherited this film collection from his Father. His Father made films of the dry cleaning and dyeing business, holidays, family weddings from the 1930s to the 1970s, local scenes e.g. of St Saviour’s at Retford, the Easter Market at Retford and other footage that is not labelled. There are many reels of film that need assessing and cataloguing and Bill and Jennifer will be booking sessions to view some of their films at the MACE viewing room, when we move to new premises at the University of Lincoln.Retford Civic Society are in the process of commissioning a wall mural commemorating some historical aspects of Retford and reference to the Clark Laundry will be featured. Another reference to the Clark industry is in the street name: “Dyers Court” in Retford. The photo below shows the well being dug which supplied water for the Dye works at Grove Street, Retford.
These photos are taken from Bill’s manuscript: ‘Retford and District Historical and Archaeological Society Review 40th Anniversary Issue (1967 – 2007)’. Bill has a great story to tell and will be working on another manuscript soon.
Bill has kept his father’s 16mm Bolex cine camera which is still in working condition and ran on clockwork.
Film is an important part of our heritage and we would love to hear from you if you have any reels of film hidden away in cupboards, drawers, sheds or attics and are not sure what to do with them. Depositing them with a film archive is probably the best thing for the films as they will be stored in proper archival conditions and will be kept safely for future generations to enjoy. If you have any reels of film relating to the Midlands that you would like to share please contact Kay Ogilvie senior curator Full Circle Project on firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 01629 823495.
Sinfonia VIVA returns with a brand new oratorio written by James Redwood and Hazel Gould in partnership with Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum and Bolsover District Council and Full Circle footage is being used as part of the performance! This is to mark the 200th anniversary of the Luddite uprising. 180 young people from across Derby and Bolsover will join Sinfonia VIVA to perform this new work themed around the Luddites.
The interactive afternoon performance is specifically designed for primary school groups, with supporting materials linked to the national curriculum provided in advance to help prepare schools for the concert.
To book for the evening performance which is open to the public contact Derby Live on 01332 255800