The Media Archive for Central England (MACE), the screen archive for the Midlands, is pleased to announce it is relocating from Leicester to the University of Lincoln.
Thanks to nearly £500,000 from the Screen Heritage UK programme (SHUK), supported by investment from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, as well as the generous support of the University of Lincoln, from September 12th MACE will occupy purpose built facilities alongside the University’s School of Media.
The new facilities include a new temperature and humidity controlled film and tape store which, along with MACE’s use for master materials of the new BFI store at Gaydon will ensure that the moving image collections MACE cares for will be held in the best environment possible. Adjacent to the store will be a specially designed technical suite as well as new offices and viewing suites.
Professor David Sleight, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Media, Humanities and Technology, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming MACE onto the University campus. With our academic strengths in disciplines related to its work – for example media, history, journalism, social policy and media asset management – we hope to be a fitting home for the archive, which generations of people regionally will benefit from alongside our students, academics, and broadcast professionals.”
Half of MACE’s team of nine will also split their working week between office bases across the Midlands, making meetings and visits to events easier for both our team and our partners & supporters.
across the Midlands.
To celebrate the move to the University of Lincoln, and the start of The Reel History of Britain series which we blogged about earlier today, MACE will be hosting a screening, Old Lincolnshire on Film, at the Lincoln Drill Hall at 11:00am on Saturday 10th September.
The event will also be an opportunity for visitors to try out an exciting new search facility on MACE’s website which we also blogged about earlier today. Thanks to the Screen Heritage UK Programme, users can now use MACE’s Search Your Film Archives facility on our Advanced Search page to browse the online catalogues of the BFI and 10 regional film archives across the UK. Some of these catalogue entries have associated video clips, and more videos will be added over time. Staff from MACE’s experienced team will be on hand to help visitors try out the search tool after the screening.
Tickets to Old Lincolnshire on Film can be booked online HERE or by phoning Lincoln Drill Hall’s Box Office on 01522 873894
MACE are in the process of moving to the University of Lincoln in this coming week, and more news and pictures will follow frequently as MACE settle into their new facilities.