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(



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