Did you know that MACE is a registered charity?
MACE exists to preserve the moving images of the East and West Midlands and connect individuals and communities with their screen heritage.
Why is this important?
When we visit a stately home and immerse ourselves in a different time, or drive through a town rich in history and admire the architecture, we would think it unimaginable to allow these buildings to fall into decay. But of course there are safe guards in place for buildings of significance to ensure they are not destroyed or changed beyond recognition
Moving images are just as much a part of our heritage. They tell a rich story of social history, reflecting cultural shifts and changes in fashions, sport, entertainment and public opinion helping us to understand who we are. And even though they are some of the most fragile of artifacts, they are not necessarily regarded as being in need of protection. This is probably because film is still a relatively new phenomenon – only 115 years old – and our history stretches far, far further back than this.
But MACE exists to ensure that the rich culture and history of the Heart of England, reflected through these fragile moving images, is uncovered and protected not just today, but for people in 100, 200, 300 years time. We can guess what the world was like before the movie camera was invented, but we can’t really know. We can’t afford to run the risk of losing the opportunity to really know about the time since the camera was invented.
As well as preserving the material, MACE aims to provide affordable access to the collections they preserve by:
- Digitising footage and providing free access to video clips on our website
- Providing free, bookable viewing facilities at our base at the University of Lincoln (and also, very soon, at The Hive in Worcester)
- Providing material at a subsidised rate to community screenings
- Providing material to museums, exhibitions, independent cinema screenings & performance.
- Producing educational packages for schools, colleges and Higher Education
This work not only offers the opportunity for individuals and communities to watch the films we preserve, it brings communities and families together, as they share memories and stories of the towns and villages they are proud to be part of, or of loved ones that are no longer with them who they have just seen on film for the first time in years. The response to our work can be incredibly personal and emotional. Through the work we do, we can literally change lives.
You can read here on our frequently updated blog, weekly stories of communities who have been brought together through a shared passion in their history.
Here are just some of the comments we’ve received from Community Groups across the Midlands:
We just had to write to you to congratulate you on the success of your project! Local people are still “buzzing” with it now! It was great to see so many there too! Life is so busy these days that local people don’t keep in touch as they used to years ago. This project really draws communities together, which is very beneficial.
Many thanks for the cine spool [DVD] which I play each day. It is wonderful to see your loved ones again looking so well and happy, and brings back happy memories.
The Full Circle project came at just the right time for our history group and we became more aware of a universal truth – people are not only fascinated by film, they are captivated by moving pictures of the past. We’re only a small history group but Full Circle has made a real contribution to volunteer interest and the heritage of our village.
Why do we need donations?
MACE has been delivering successful projects every year since 2000. At present we are working with 70 communities across the East and West Midlands in our Heritage Lottery Funded community film search project, Full Circle, and we are are about to commence an exciting, innovative online screening programme.
But we do need donations to continue our successful track record of caring for the footage we hold and providing access to this material.
If you’d like to donate to MACE and support the work we do for now and for future generations, simply click the JUST GIVING logo below and donate whatever you can afford.
If you’d like to tell us you have donated, so we can thank you in person, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Vodafone and Just Giving, you can also donate to us by text message to 70070.
Simply text MACE11 with the amount you wish to donate.
Eg. to donate £5 text MACE11 £5 to 70070
Thank you for your Support