MACE archive featured on BBC Midlands Today – 12 March – as part of the Borderlines Festival

Herefordshire on Film Screening

Those of you in the West Midlands may have seen Philip Leach, MACE’s Curator of Programming & Research, appear on BBC Midlands Today last night talking about the great material we preserve that was featured in a screening at the Borderlines Festival last night.

The screening, Herefordshire on Film was at 6.30pm at The Courtyard in Hereford.

The Borderlines Festival, which runs from 1st to 17th March,  is The UK’s largest rural film festival. This year the Festival comprises a record 90 separate films and events in over 200 screenings in 39 venues of all shapes and sizes over 2,000 square miles of Herefordshire, Shropshire and the Welsh borders. It includes a guest appearance by  Sir Derek Jacobi and a mini-Hitchcock season to coincide with the release of Hitchcock, the feature film with Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, and two newly restored silent films:  Blackmail, with live piano accompaniment by Stephen Horne, and The Lodger introduced by Bryony Dixon, the BFI’s silent film curator and a key member of the Hitchcock Silents restoration team.


Among these many screenings is our fascinating look at the newly digitised and rarely seen archive footage of Herefordshire that bring the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s back to life.

Philip presented an intriguing compliation of rarely seen and newly transferred archive film of Herefordshire. The original cine films feature war-time parades, floral fetes and the May Fair, the Queen’s first visit to Hereford in 1957 and city centre views from the 1950s and ‘60s. For train and pub enthusiasts, there’s footage of the last train to run between Monmouth and Ross, and a tour of the pubs of Lyonshall in 1961 as well as footage of how the different villages in the county celebrated the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

You can view a clip that was featured here:  ATV Today: 02.05.1973: Mordiford Village School Centenary

To view Philip Leach and Borderlines’ Chair, Jane Jackson, talk about the screening last night, and to see some of the fabulous material that was screened, you can watch BBC Midlands Today online until 16th March 2013.

Click below and go to 22 mins 40 secs in:

Shropshire Lives

Borderlines are also showing clips from our DVD, Shropshire Lives throughout the festival.  Click below to see their page:





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