The Media Archive for Central England (MACE), the screen archive for the East & West Midlands, is among the first six archive services in the UK to be awarded Archive Service Accreditation, the new UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery.
MACE is the only film archive of the six with the other accredited services being the archives of Cumbria, Tyne and Wear and Worcestershire, the Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives and Network Rail Corporate Archive.
Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of the country’s archive heritage and achieving accredited status demonstrates that MACE has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing; the care of its unique collections and what the service offers to its entire range of users.
Based at the University of Lincoln, and working across many partnerships throughout the Midlands, MACE is the region’s public archive service. A registered charity, MACE selects, preserves, documents and provides public access to film, video and digital moving images which document the rich culture and history of the region’s twelve counties from Lincolnshire to Herefordshire.
The Archive Service Accreditation assessors noted that:
“This was a very strong application and noted the excellence of the documentation provided… the diversity of funding sources on which the service rests is a strength and the achievement in strategic fundraising and commercial revenue is very substantial. MACE offers excellent online access and the sheer range of opportunities to access the archive collections impressed the Panel.”
MACE’s Director James Patterson commented:
“We are delighted to be amongst the first archives to achieve accreditation under this new scheme. The Archives Accreditation standard reflects the progress that MACE has made in developing a fully rounded and professional service for the regions we represent. The formal recognition of that from the national panel is fantastically affirming of our value.”
The material MACE preserves is used in a wide variety of educational and community projects including the highly successful Heritage Lottery Funded project ‘Full Circle’, which worked with nearly 70 groups across the region over the past three years. Films have also been exhibited at a vast number of museum exhibitions including Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery and screenings are hosted across the region from Quad in Derby to the MAC in Birmingham.
MACE’s online catalogue of 50,000 titles at http://www.macearchive.org, which includes over 4000 video clips, is a resource that is used extensively in research by both academics and filmmakers. The charity has also released a range of high quality DVDs with sales income used to fund the continuation of preservation and access work.