Titles from MACE’s Collections to feature in BBC’s new Reel History of Britain Series

Look out for titles from MACE’s collection in Reel History of Britain which starts tomorrow (Monday 5th September) at 6:30pm on BBC2.

In this brand new 20-part series for BBC Two Daytime, Melvyn Bragg retells the fascinating stories of life in Britain from 1900 to 1970 through the archive collections of the British Film Institute and other National and Regional Film Archives including MACE, South West Film & Televison Archive, East Anglian Film Archive and Wessex Film & Sound Archive.

Melvyn Bragg presents this brand new series, which will showcase footage from 10 regional film archives across the UK, as well as the BFI.

From coal mining via seaside holidays through to the 1977 Silver Jubilee, Melvyn reflects on the past hardships and simple pleasures of British life, as well as the enormous social changes that took place from the 1900s onwards. Travelling across the UK, Melvyn meets members of the public who appeared in the historic films featured in the series, and brings them face-to-face with their relatives with the help of a 1967 custom built vintage mobile cinema.

Melvyn Bragg said: “At the turn of the last century one invention changed the way we recall our history forever – the motion camera. Thanks to Britain’s pioneering film-makers, we can still glimpse a world long gone.

Along the way viewers will see how ordinary British people worked and lived in the 20th century, as seen through social documentaries, tourist information films, newsreels and government propaganda films. In the 1900s documentary film-makers began to capture for the first time real stories of everyday life. Over many decades, this passion for film-making grew in confidence and technical skill and produced an extraordinary and compelling authentic archive.

These films have now been carefully restored by Britain’s film archives and are available to be seen again for the first time in generations. They showcase the people and places of Britain; their preoccupations, lifestyles and ambitions for the future. They reveal a forgotten Britain that has since changed forever.

Footage from MACE’s collections which will feature over the course of the next four weeks includes:

Leicester Poor Boys’ and Girls’ Summer Camp at Mablethorpe

1977 – Countesthorpe Parish Council – Jubliee Year

Edwalton Jubilee

Crowle Celebrations for the Queen’s Jubilee



*If you can’t yet view an associated clip on these catalogue entries, please do check back in the next few days as we are uploading them as soon as possible.

MACE are delighted to be involved in a series which showcases the diverse range of film preserved at the BFI and the regional archives across the UK.Vist the Reel History of Britain pages HERE and read of related events in your area, including an event MACE will be involved in Leicester on 30th September and 1st October.


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