MACE’s Director James Patterson To Present At Archiving Tomorrow 2015

James Patterson will be presenting at the Archiving Tomorrow Conference which will be taking place in Birmingham on the 12th and 13th March.

The conference, in association with FOCAL International and hosted by The Kaleidoscope Archive, will bring together Archivists, Curators, Academics, Film Makers,  Editors, Producers, Directors, Technologists, Researchers and Archives, to discuss, debate and learn about the in-depth revolution that is the transitional period between Film and Digital.

Through interviews, presentations and workshops, all aspects of filmmaking, archiving and restoration will be examined along with the legal implications and economics behind the business of film.

Please visit for more information.

An Institutional Delegate Rate will be available to contacts of MACE .

Going to the Pictures: A Short History of Cinema in Nottingham

Michael Payne’s little history of cinemas in Nottingham has just arrived on my desk. A richly illustrated and fascinating history of rise and fall of the cinema and its buildings in the city. A thoroughly recommended volume and a very welcome addition to our shelves here at MACE.

I was particularly taken with the picture of the West Bridgford Tudor, with its mock Elizabethan façade echoing the mock Tudor of the suburbs being built at about the same time. It reminded me of the cinema at the bottom of our road in West Kirby on the Wirral that I went to as a small boy. Also called the Tudor it turns out to have been the sister to the one in West Bridgford both designed by Alfred Thraves.  Though I have not been there for many a long year the cinema building is still visible on Google Street View.

James Patterson

Further details about the book can be found at

Long gone: The Tudor West Bridgford: photo from (

Still with us?: The Tudor West Kirby: photo from(



Sci-Fi Compilation From The Media Archive For Central England – UFO Encounters

As part of the BFI Film Audience Network and in conjunction with our good friends at Film Hub Central East, MACE have put together a short compilation of news reports featuring stories of alien encounters, UFO sightings and general outer space wonderment to link in with the BFI’s Days of Fear and Wonder science fiction season.


The compilation includes an interview with Ambassador for Aliens Claude Rael, who hopes to build an embassy for aliens on earth. We also hear from retired spring maker Mr Court from Redditch, who is adamant that the Americans didn’t land on the moon, as well as a news report about a family from Oxfordshire who claim to have been abducted by aliens in a flying saucer.

We hope you enjoy the compilation and remember, keep watching the skies – you never know what’s out there!

Rescuing Warners – Documentary on MACE’s HLF Vinegar Syndrome Project

Wall Breaker Productions have produced a short documentary for MACE that tells the story of our on-going Heritage Lottery funded ‘Vinegar Syndrome’ project. 

The aim of the project is to save a film collection that is suffering from cellulose triacetate degradation or vinegar syndrome. The name derives from the smell of the acetic acid emitted from the decaying film, which in its advanced stages, becomes completely destroyed.


The  films, which were deposited with MACE by Wolverhampton City Archives, were made by Wolverhampton based production company Warners who specialised in making promotional and information films for a wide variety of clients during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

You can watch the full documentary on MACE’s Vimeo Page.

MACE Supplies Footage For PhD Exhibition- The 9 Archives Project

MACE has recently supplied footage for a PhD project by Manchester based visual artist Jo Clemence called The 9 Archives Project.

Jo’s work represents the culmination of a year long research project that began with visits to 9 UK regional film archives, including MACE,  each of which supplied an individual film from their collections. Jo has created 9 new bodies of work in response to each film and these new works reflect a fictional response to the factual information surrounding the film’s origin.

The resulting work denotes new methodologies for the interpretation of archived film and explores conditions for the reception of original materials to create a broader understanding of the possibilities and potential meanings that the films represent.

The film MACE supplied is a police surveillance film from 1935 called Street Betting, which depicts a group of men who seem to be loitering in Chesterfield market square for the purpose of betting. You can watch the film on MACE’s website here.

Jo’s response to this piece of archive material led her to create a sculpture called PANOPTICON (FOLLOW ME AND I’LL FOLLOW YOU) which is based on Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon structure. Bentham’s stucture  was initially developed to allow prison watchmen to observe inmates without them being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. In the exhibition itself, Jo placed the sculpture so that the whole 9 Archives Project exhibition was visible from inside it. The round ‘portals’ that the viewer looks through are reminiscent of camera lenses and it becomes clear that it is the exhibition and the audience who are under surveillance.

You can learn more about Jo’s project here

Past Lives Project Derby Launch: Wednesday 15th October

Freefall Arts are working with QUAD to call out across the city for cine films of Derby.With funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, FreeFall Arts are able to offer free digitisation of cine film that has been filmed in Derby and can be used in the project.  

Film depositors will keep their originals and also gain a copy on DVD allowing them to see their footage which for some may be the first time in decades. You can find out more here.

To mark the launch of the project, FreeFall Arts will be showing the original Past Lives Film which features amateur home movies from the Midlands dating from the 1930s – 1970s. These films have been edited into a feature film with a live soundtrack performed by international musicians from Sinfonia ViVA. You can watch a trailer here.

When: Wednesday 15th October at 4:20pm

Where: Cinema One

Tickets: £2.00

You can book tickets online or through the box office by calling 01332 290 606


You might not of heard of the Philharmonia Orchestra but you may well have heard them. They have played on soundtracks to films such as Thor: The Dark World and Hercules as well as video game soundtracks including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Philharmonia will be performing a special Sci-Fi themed concert at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester on Sunday 30th November. The event is to be hosted by Barry Norman and will feature music from a range of Sci-Fi films including Back to the Future, Star Wars, E.T. and many more. Full details of the event can be found below.

Philharmonia at the Movies: Sci-Fi
James Shearman – Conductor
Barry Norman – Presenter

Date: Sunday 30th November 2014
Time: 3.00pm
Venue: De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Ticket Prices: £13.00 to £36.00
£5.00 for students and under-25’s
(booking fees apply)
Box Office Tel: 0116 233 3111