Vintage film brings city’s past back to life……Thursday 16th February Wolverhampton – Molineux Hotel


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Wolverhampton’s history will be brought to life on film at a special screening of vintage footage this month.

A range of clips stored by MACE, the Media Archive for Central England, will be shown at the Molineux Hotel in Wolverhampton.

The event has been organised by MACE’s Full Circle project curator Kay Ogilvie and Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage Service to raise awareness of the importance of preserving amateur home movies which are seen as vital to the region’s screen heritage.

And amateur film-makers are being inviting to bring along archive footage of their own which could be added to the growing MACE library.

The clips on show at this month’s event will showcase the changing face of Wolverhampton in the 1970s, the town centre as it was in the 1930s and a visit to the iconic Snapes tea shop.

James Patterson, Director of MACE said: “Moving images have been around for over 100 years. They have entertained us and recorded the way we lived throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century.

“Our history is reflected in these images and cultural artefacts and the loss of even a small percentage of them is a loss that we all feel.

Kay said: “If you have any films that are Midlands-related, please bring them along to talk about how best to preserve them. We may be interested in storing them for you in our film archive and making a DVD copy for you.”

The screening, part of the MACE Full Circle project is on Thursday February 16, 2012, from 11.30am-12.30pm, will be free but booking is essential via http://bookwhen.com/wolverhamptonartsandheritage as places are limited. For more information, please call Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies on 01902 551599. Refreshments will also be available on the day.

To find out more about the Media Archive for Central England and to see archive film from Wolverhampton and the Midlands, please visit www.macearchive.org. To find out more about Wolverhampton archives please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk and www.facebook.com/WolverhamptonToday