MY ROUTE –A MAJOR HERITAGE PROJECT MAPPING THE HISTORY OF BIRMINGHAM’S STRATFORD ROAD


My Route was an 18 month Heritage Lottery funded project developed by Sampad South Asian Arts  which focused on mapping and preserving the heritage of Stratford Road in Birmingham, from the 1940s to the present day.

Working with volunteers and local residents between Sparkbrook and Hall Green, My Route explored how the population, landscape and culture has changed and developed over the years with the settlement and migration of new communities along the road.

Around 25,000 Birmingham residents connected with the My Route experience, either as exhibition visitors, participants or volunteers, through a series of research activities, art events and exhibitions.

My Route

My Route also created an interactive digital map of Stratford Road which uses touch-screen technology that allows users to unlock the history of the area by tapping into collections of photographs, sound-bites and video including a selection of news material sourced from MACE.

A short documentary about the project was also produced by Sampad in partnership with Iconic Productions which was screened in March as part of the University of Birmingham’s Arts & Science Festival. You can watch the full documentary below:

For further information on My Route, please visit www.myroute.org.uk

LOVE IN THE MIDLANDS


Get that loving feeling and check out this short compilation originally put together by MACE for the BFI love season and the Film Audience Network.

It features tales of love and romance from the streets of the Midlands in the 1960s and 70s. Originally filmed by ATV Today and answering burning questions of the day, such as: “Do Midlands men make lousy lovers?”

 

WINTER OFFER – FINAL CHANCE TO BUY!


It’s the 12th December, it’s under two weeks until Christmas, and it’s also the last day of our 12 day only offer!

We’re sad to have to close the offer, but all good things must come to an end. There is, however, still plenty of time today to grab yourself a little last minute taste of nostalgia. The offer will close at midnight tonight, so get a copy or two of Midlands on Film while it is at a low low price of just £5.

If you have been keeping up with our blog throughout the last 12 days, you would’ve seen our featured posts for each DVD, but if not, or if you just wanted a refresher, these are the DVD’s we are offering.

Rebuilding Coventry; a film featuring the county flourishing and growing after a devastating WW2 bombing.

Made in Leicester; charming footage including a look into the history of Britain’s Favourite Market, narrated by Leicester’s own Rosemary Conley CBE.

Regenerating Birmingham; includes the journey of Herbert Manzoni and his journey to create a modern metropolis

Footprints in the Sand: Holidays on the Lincolnshire Coast; charming footage, both amateur and professional, of the Lincolnshire Coast we know and love today.

Worcestershire on Film; features historic footage of Winston Churchill’s visit to Worcester, and also the newly discovered letters between Churchill and the city’s mayor from 1945.

Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District; a delightful look into the beauty that is The Peak District, and also some historic moments in the National Park.

Shropshire Lives; features a glimpse into the traditions of the rural county of Shropshire, also a look into the history of Much Wenlock and its link with the Olympic Games.

Snobs and Clowns: Northamptonshire on Film; a variety of films ranging from a news clip of British Formula One racing Driver Jim Clark as he takes a drive on the newly resurfaced track at Silverstone, to a 1965 documentary by Anglia Television.

Also, as a special, previously sold out treat, we are offering made to order copies of Nottingham on Film; a charming look into the growth of Nottingham’s Goose Fair, and also a glimpse into the opening of the Nottingham Playhouse and building work at the new Victoria Centre.

Midlands on Film

If you’re still after a copy of any of these films, you can purchase online at the MACE website or, you can order via telephone by calling MACE on 01522 837750.

 

WINTER OFFER – SNOBS AND CLOWNS: NORTHAMPTONSHIRE ON FILM


It’s two weeks until Christmas! If you’re still stuck on what to get a family member or friend, there are still two days left of our Winter Offer, and if you’re after a charming, nostalgic gift then you’re definitely in the right place!

Northamptonshire, a city well known for its shoemaking industry, grew from the rich local countryside that provided cattle for leather manufacturing. Snobs and Clowns chronicles over fifty years of filmmaking in the county through a series of rarely seen and newly restored 20th century films, including a look at British Formula One racing diver Jim Clark taking a drive at a newly resurfaced track at Silverstone in a Triumph Spitfire.

Also amongst these films is Focus on Northampton, a 1965 documentary by Anglia Television which looks at Northampton’s livestock market, theatre, schools, colleges and places of work. It also includes news packages from ATV Today including several films of Northampton’s heritage; skittle making in 1989 and a number of clips of the British Conker Championships in Ashton.

The importance of rural life in the county of “spires and squires” is shown in many of the films in this DVD compilation, from home movies made on a farm in the 1940s, to a thrilling aerial view of the county aboard a plane in 1964.

Snobs and Clowns, researched and edited by Emily Wilczek from the University of Lincoln School of Media, that are preserved at the Media Archive for Central England (MACE).

Northants

To purchase this DVD in our 12 day only offer of £5, you can purchase online at the MACE website or, you can order via telephone by calling MACE on 01522 837750.

WINTER OFFER – SHROPSHIRE LIVES


Whether you’re celebrating Christmas at home or at an extended family gathering of aunts, nephews, grandfathers and third cousins, we all have our traditions. The city of Shropshire is no different…

Shropshire Lives is a charming compilation of short films from the rural county made up of towns and villages which have their own unique traditions and stories to tell. For example, hear Harry Rogers talk of his family’s 300 year tradition of coracle making, and also Clee Hill poet and musician, Dennis Crowther tell local yarns and sing songs to his accordion in 1978.

While a county full of tradition, Shropshire is also steeped in heritage. The longest river in England, the Severn, flows through the county under the world renowned symbol of the industrial revolution, The Iron Bridge, and through this DVD you can listen to reports from 1968 and 1980 on the historic link between Much Wenlock and the Olympic Games, and see the Bridgenorth Congregational Church begin to transform into the Theatre in the Steps in 1965.

These films provide a snapshot of some of the people and places of the county and a glimpse into every day lives in the period, including some of the wonderful characters who were known well in their own communities and an eclectic mix of occupations, including grass cutting, creel making and stunt horse-riding!

Shropshire Lives, researched and produced by Neil Kendall from the University of Lincoln’s School of Media is now preserved at the Media Archive for Central England.

B008M6Y8G6To purchase this DVD in our 12 day only offer of £5, you can purchase online at the MACE website or, you can order via telephone by calling MACE on 01522 837750.

The BFI Unveil A Captivating New Collection- Football On Film


The BFI have released a fascinating new collection on the BFI Player called Football on Film. 

The collection includes some of the earliest matches ever filmed, adverts, documentaries and newsreel all of which provide a historical insight into the evolution of the game.

Within the collection are a variety of films supplied by MACE including Day-Dream Believer, a short film from 1968 made by pupils at the City of Leicester Boys School in which a student dreams of playing for Leicester City Football Club.

You can also experience early football matches in the Midlands including Derby County vs Leicester in 1939 and Sheffield Wednesday v Hereford United from 1958.

Click here to start exploring the absorbing history of the beautiful game.

WINTER OFFER – DERBYSHIRE ON FILM


Snow is one of those things – you love it or you hate it, but there is no doubt that it looks beautiful. If you have ever had the chance to visit The Peak District with a sheet of perfect, untouched snow, you’re lucky enough to experience beauty at its finest. However, with or without snow, The Peak District is simply a beauty in itself…

Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District captures the charm and grace of the spectacular National Park through both professional and amateur footage, enhanced and re-edited for your viewing pleasure.

As well as the sights, of course, through Derbyshire on Film, you are able to relive such historic moments as the flooding of Derwent Village and Ashopton to make way for Ladybower Reservoir, as narrated by ATV’s Gwyn Richards. Some of the images will be familiar to many, such as Dovedale Stepping Stones which have barely changed since 1938, but others provide a ghostly vision of what once was. Hear memories of those who took park in the mass trespass of 1932 and take a charming look back at Chatsworth and Haddon Hall in the 1960’s.

Even keeping on theme with the season, witness the blizzards of 1938 and hear the snow poem by Derbyshire poet Mark Gywnne Jones.

Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District, is produced and edited by acclaimed filmmaker Andy McKay, collaborating with the University of Lincoln’s School of Film and Media, provides old and young alike with a beautiful journey through the equally as beautiful National Park. 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.

Derbyshire on Film - The Peak District

To purchase this DVD in our 12 day only offer of £5, you can purchase online at the MACE website or, you can order via telephone by calling MACE on 01522 837750.