After only 12 months working on MACE’s Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project we have successfully exceeded the project’s target of engaging 60 communities from across the Midlands.
We currently have 70 organisations involved in the project, carrying out film searches, screenings and publicity events and raising awareness of the heritage value of film.
So far we have enlisted the help of over 250 fantastic volunteers who have helped in our search for film. We have reached over 2300 people at our screening events that have taken place over the past 12 months with lots more group activities & events planned throughout 2011.
We have reached the amazing total of 115 people depositing film with the MACE archive, amounting to over 900 reels of film. Some of the depositors collections consist of 1 reel while our largest collection consists of 111 reels of film.
Without the grant from the Heritage Lottery to employ and support the project staff, this could not have happened. MACE’s Full Circle Cataloguer, Catherine English, has been working closely with depositors and groups to glean as much information about the collections as possible in order to contextualise the films ready for sharing with people on the online catalogue.
Full Circle Technician, Andrew Jenkins, has been busy digitising the old footage into a new accessible format. Andrew and the MACE team are constantly improving the transfer process to get the best possible copy from the material so that the original can be preserved in archival conditions at MACE.
Bill Every and his wife were also in attendance to sit back and reminisce as a selection of films from their own collection was shown at the Belbroughton screening.
By the end of the project in 2013, we will have generated more activity, engaged more volunteers, involved more schools, held more events and uncovered more remarkable material illuminating our community heritage than any of the targets we set ourselves in the project.
Having created publicity packs and toolkits we work in the community with local groups supporting the local film search activity and passing on the knowledge and skills required to help to assess and work with the material.
By continuing to help to arrange local screenings of footage found or its use in local schools, the project enables people to engage with and enjoy their screen heritage and this engagement is already beginning to generate new activity and spin off projects.
We are currently working with the Nottinghamshire YMCA Century of Youth Project http://www.ymcadigital.com – a new film project exploring the lives of young people in the East Midlands over the last 100 years, BBC Reel History Project, Wolverhampton Archives, The Ring of Villages Centenary Project, Kings Norton Girls School Centenary, Leamington Spa Museum & Art Gallery and many many more – helping them to discover their screen heritage.
The project blog https://macearchive.wordpress.com/ (and Twitter) have been really successful in putting disparate groups in contact with each other, sharing information, good practice and successes so far. The engagement of the BBC and the broadcast of some of the material found in the project has generated further activity and comment.
Finally, have a look at some of the clips that are now available to watch on http://www.macearchive.org from the fabulous selection of home-movies found by Full Circle so far. http://www.macearchive.org/Archive/Title/bruckshaw-glossop-carnival/MediaEntry/40725.html
For more information on how you can get involved with the Full Circle Project check out:
A big thank you to all involved from Kay and Lucie.
May the search go on!