Spiritualism in Stoke on Trent is a new exhibition at the Gladstone Pottery Museum that will explore how spiritualism is mapped across the historical and contemporary fabric of the city of Stoke.

Spiritualism has been part of Stoke-on-Trent’s history since the 1870s and is a philosophy and religion based on the belief that the soul lives on after the death of the physical body. The project looks to unearth the spiritualist past and present of Stoke by bringing together together stories, objects and photographs from attendees of Spiritualist churches in Stoke-on-Trent. This exhibition has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and produced by the Open University in collaboration with Gladstone Pottery Museum and the Spiritualist Churches of Burslem, Fenton and Longton.

When: Tuesday 1 September 2015 – Saturday 31 October 2015 10:00 – 16:00

Where: Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

Admission: Free

For more information see the Spirited Stoke Facebook page or follow @SpELSProject on Twitter.

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Britain On Film- 1,000s Of Beautifully Preserved Films Capturing 120 Years Of British Life On Film Now Available To View On The BFI Player

The BFI have recently launched Britain on Film, a lottery funded project which has created an exciting new platform for engaging with the nation’s film heritage.

MACE, along with colleagues in film archives across the UK, have been busy delving into the collections and copying a wide range of unique and rarely seen before footage which is now available to view on the BFI Player.


You can explore 1000s of films using the BFI’s film map which allows you to search by location, theme and decade.

Click here to start exploring the hidden histories of British life, from carnivals and village fetes to changing cityscapes and industrial skylines.

For enquiries relating to MACE’s collections on the BFI player, please email or Tel. 01522 837750


[Snobs and Clowns], an exhibition curated by Enya Whitwood, will be taking place at the University of Lincoln’s Project Space Plus gallery from 16th July-1st August.

Working in partnership with Media Archive for Central England (MACE) the project sets out to explore the concept of archiving in a novel way, with artists taking into account not only the physical films that are archived within MACE but also the methods and equipment involved in the acquiring, archiving and digitalising of moving pictures.

[Snobs and Clowns] is the final show in a series of free independent exhibitions that have been happening across Lincoln. All projects have been curated by postgraduate students from the University of Lincoln’s MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice programme.

When: 16th July- 1st August
Where: Project Space Plus, University of Lincoln
Exhibition Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm.

For more information about artists and images, please contact Enya Whitwood:

Rescuing Warners Project Exhibition To Open At Wolverhampton City Archives

An exhibition is to be held at Wolverhampton City Archives to document the outcome of a project to save a decaying film collection suffering from vinegar syndrome.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, MACE has been working jointly with Wolverhampton City Archives to research, digitise and reconstruct films made by the Wolverhampton based production company Warners, who specialised in making promotional and information films during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Highlights from the collection include the brilliantly titled How to get the best from your Manlove, a promotional film for the Nottingham based engineering company Manlove. The film features tips on how to get the most from the Manlove Supergap Ironing Machine including pairing women according to height and making sure users have a good sense of rhythm!


Another highlight from the collection is a wedding film from 1965 which Warners were hired to produce. The reception with its lavish marquee provides a spectacular setting and showcases the fabulous hairstyles and fashions of the time.


You can view more films from the Warners collection via MACE’s Vimeo Page.

The Rescuing Warners Exhibition opens at Wolverhampton City Archives on Thursday 11th June and will run until Wednesday 5th August 2015.

Wolverhampton City Archives
Molineux Hotel Building
Whitmore Hill

Exhibition opening times:
Tuesday 10am – 4pm
Wednesday 10am – 7pm
Thursday 10am – 4pm

Admission: Free

For further details about exhibition, telephone 01902 552480

‘Making Waves’- Film Premiere and Live Music at the Nottingham Contemporary

MACE have recently supplied footage for Heritage Lottery funded project Making Waves, a new documentary which provides an insight into today’s black British identity and on a culture still struggling for acceptance.  It is about legacy, identity and belonging and asks whether the ‘waves’ made by one generation have had an impact on the next.

Making Waves: Ram1 and Winston Williams (KWS). Image courtesy Syncopate Media

Making Waves: Ram1 and Winston Williams (KWS). Image courtesy Syncopate Media

Making Waves is a project partnership between Syncopate Media and Leicester Masaya Link Group.

The documentary premieres on Friday 1st May at the Nottingham Contemporary and forms part of the Glenn Ligon exhibition.

With special guest speaker Carol Hinds (Presenter BBC East Midlands Today), live music by MOBO Award Nominee Ram1 and poetry by Kamar.

When: Friday 1st May 2015, 8pm – 11pm
Where: Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB

Doors open at 8pm and admission is free!

Book via the Nottingham Contemporary website

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(