‘Rugby – A Midlands Story’ is a documentary film by Iconic Productions charting the heritage of the sport in the region that invented it. 

This captivating film which features rarely seen moving image archive from MACE and ITV Sport, has been nominated in the Best Factual Programme category for the 2016 Royal Television Society Midlands Awards.

The winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on 3rd November at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.

For further information on the film or to arrange a screening, please follow the link below:



Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Ruston & Hornsby project aims to preserve the legacy of one of Lincolnshire’s most iconic engineering companies through the digitisation of photographic negatives and cine film, alongside interviews with former Ruston and Hornsby workers.

The photographs and documents which are now stored at Lincolnshire Archives and films stored here at MACE, form part of a huge collection showcasing the history of Ruston and Hornsby, which became part of Siemens in 2003. The archive spans the company’s 150 years, offering a rare and detailed insight into Lincolnshire’s manufacturing heyday and Britain’s industrial past.

This major heritage project in collaboration with Siemens, Lincolnshire County Council and the University of Lincoln has allowed MACE to catalogue, assess and digitise a selection of fascinating films relating to the company, extracts of which can be viewed online via the Lincs to the past website and MACE’s Vimeo page. Copies of the full films can be viewed by appointment at both Lincolnshire Archives and MACE.

To learn more about the project and Lincolnshire’s rich industrial history, visit the Lincs to the Past website here.



Funded by Heritage Lottery, Golden Fire is the latest participatory digital arts project from The Rural Media Company which explores the story of Herefordshire’s cider heritage from 1945 to the present.  

The project comprises of moving image material from MACE, photography, oral histories and online content, alongside public exhibition of the Hereford Cider Museum’s extensive archive material – all pulled together in an exciting new Golden Fire Cider Heritage app.

The app will guide visitors and locals around the county’s cider producers, festivals and growers, telling the stories of the people, past and present, who make and ferment the “golden fire”.

Golden Fire, which was supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Heineken, has been nominated for the Royal Television Society Midlands Digital Innovation Award, which will be held at the Birmingham Motor Cycle Museum in November.

For more information about the project, including where to download the app, please follow the link below:



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


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?”



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.



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).


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.