Hub Highlights

Following the awarding of funding from Film Hub Central East, MACE are currently creating seven packages of archive film which will be available for exhibition by Film Hub members. 

Initially we’re putting together a series of five minute shorts that put the spotlight on aspects of the collection.  From a celebration of Asian Britain as seen on television, to some of the traditions and oddities in the Midlands including the ever-popular Shrovetide football in Ashbourne. We’ve also produced a short compilation called LGBT Lives that draws on 1980s material to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act.

Over the coming months we wanted to share some of the highlights and give a flavour of the films we’re looking at. This month we’re celebrating  Asian Britain on film so here’s an extract from a recently digitised film about the now long-gone Natraj Cinema on Belgrave Road in Leicester. Bollywood had truly arrived in Leicester although the rise of the video cassette soon consigned this cultural pioneer to history.

Be sure to tune in next month for another hub highlight, who knows what you might discover…

17.07.2017 – Brand New Website Launch!!

The countdown is finally over and after months of hard work, we are delighted to officially announce the launch of MACE’s new website. Be sure to check out the title you saw going through the digitisation process in the teasers here.

The Big Reveal!

With a host of new features and sleek design the site has been carefully crafted to enhance the user experience and bring the ever expanding archive to life.

New features include a powerful search engine allowing you to navigate through the collection with precision and ease. Whether you’re hunting down a specific clip for a documentary or researching your family history – the advance search is a tool worth bookmarking!

Our New Homepage

We’ve also created an online screening room, a place where we can get together and show off some of the highlights of the ever expanding collection via theme, locality and decade. We hope this will be a place of inspiration not only for the creative community but for anyone looking to learn about and connect with the region’s screen heritage.

We could talk about features and functions all day but why not check out our new digs for yourself at  – we really hope you like what we’ve done with the place!

17.07.2017 – The Countdown Begins!!

Everyone loves a countdown

To celebrate our upcoming announcement on the 17th of July, we’ve decided to release six teasers over the course of the next six days, teasing what it could be. So stay tuned to our Twitter, Facebook and YouTube account, to be sure you don’t miss out.

If you think you know the answer, let us know on social media for your chance to win the complete Midlands on Film DVD series.

Any Guesses?

Flatpack Film Camp

On Friday the 7th of April Flatpack will host a brand new one-day Film Camp exploring some of the latest innovations in cinema. The event is open to everyone from large scale exhibitors to community cinema organisers, student film groups and just about anyone interested in film. So if you are fanatic about film or want to learn new skills and network with others in the industry, be sure to book your place.

The one-day event will be packed with a number of insightful workshops and panels from 10:00 till 18:00. Including a panel on the relationship between music and film chaired by film journalist Beth Webb, with musicians John Sweeney and Ruth Chan alongside animator Loup Blaster. We here at MACE will also be involved, leading a workshop on how to build your own archive, with practical tips and expert guidance on how to successfully screen archive film.

A day pass can be purchased for £15 (incl. lunch and refreshments), to book your place today or find out more, click here.


Volunteering Opportunity at MACE for University of Lincoln Students

We’re looking for volunteers to work on a  Heritage Lottery Fund Project called What Can You See? which aims to save 18 significant film collections and to make this important film heritage accessible to all. 

Students at the University of Lincoln will have the opportunity to play a key role in this project by watching these films and describing to us what they think is important in each film, what is most interesting and engaging about them. These contributions will enable us to make the films widely accessible and to identify trends that will help our website search engine guide more people to films they want to see.

Volunteers will be given training and support throughout this element of the project which will take place between September and December 2017.

You can find out more about the opportunity here including application details and deadlines.