MACE releases new compilation DVD: Regenerating Birmingham

We recently released the sixth in our DVD series, Midlands on Film, which celebrates the Midlands through moving images.

Regenerating Birmingham (1955 to 1975)
In the mid 1950s Birmingham’s City Engineer, Herbert Manzoni, embarked on one of the most ambitious and radical building projects the city had experienced since the tumult of the industrial revolution. In the decade that followed, Manzoni and his team of architects and builders transformed the centre of Birmingham from a bastion of Victorian elegance and civic pride into a thoroughly modern metropolis, equipped to deal with the very real challenges of the 20th Century. In the process Manzoni picked up the gauntlet of housing Birmingham’s citizens in homes ‘fit for heroes’ and set about eradicating remnants of the notorious ‘back-to-back’ houses and yards that blighted the life of the city’s poorest.

Using a selection of films preserved at MACE, Mike Mason charts the progress of this seemingly impossible mission and acknowledges the spirit and intentions of this noble and necessary project, that was to become the focus of so much negativity in the closing decades of the last millennium.

Regenerating Birmingham includes a series of films made at the time by the city’s Public Works Department as well as regional news reports from ATV. Expert opinion is provided by well-known Birmingham historian, Carl Chinn MBE, chair of Community History at the University of Birmingham.

Regenerating Birmingham is £14.99 + £1.50 p&p (£16.49)

To buy online through our Webshop CLICK HERE

If you’d prefer not to purchase online we now accept debit card payments over the telephone.
We accept telephone payments from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Call 01522 837750 and we will process your order.

We also accept cheques made payable to Media Archive for Central England for £16.49 with your name and address and the Code ‘RB’ to:

Media Archive for Central England
MHT Building
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool

If you wish to purchase multiple copies please add an additional 50p postage to each further copy you order.


2 thoughts on “MACE releases new compilation DVD: Regenerating Birmingham

  1. Pingback: Goodbye to Mike Mason | Lincoln School of Media Network

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