Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at MACE

This year we have put together a short montage of Christmas home movies and snow scenes. In the compilation below you’ll see clips of:

‘Snow and Frost Scenes, Eyton’ and ‘Dale: Christmas and Family Scenes at Eyton’ (1954) in Leominster, Herefordshire (Filmmaker: Frank Dale); ‘Burton: Sledging’ (1959) in Staunton on Arrow, Herefordshire (Filmmakers: The Burton Family); ‘Bayley: Snow Scene, Manor Farm Meadow’ (1979) in East Leake, Nottinghamshire (Filmmaker: Robert Bayley)

The Year’s Round Up

It’s been one of MACE’s busiest years this year. Here’s a round up of our activity.

Full Circle

We completed our three year Heritage Lottery Funded project, Full Circle, in which we worked with 69 groups across the East and West Midlands to seek out rarely seen film and tape from across the region.

Copies of the found material have been given to these communities and a variety of screenings, workshops and other community events have taken place across the Midlands. The material will have a lasting impact on local communities, building an interest in local history and developing a sense of belonging and pride of place.

Thank you to all the many volunteers who worked in their communities to uncover footage and hosted screenings and events across the Midlands.

HLF Vinegar Syndrome Project

We commenced a new Heritage Lottery Funded project in which we have begun to work on the restoration of an important collection of decaying film material passed to us by the Wolverhampton Borough Archives. We will be digitising and reconstructing films made by a Wolverhampton based company called Warners in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

We’ll be aided in our endeavours by a team of volunteers who will be recruited in Wolverhampton and who will undertake the research on Warners and their films. We will also be creating an exhibition about the project with the volunteers when the project is completed in March 2015.

BFI Discovery Fund

We began our BFI funded Discovery Fund project where we are exploring the collections we hold for material to digitise for the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage Digitisation Fund.

The fund, which will run until 2017, will make a total of £5m available to significant collections and commercial rights holders across the UK to digitise 5,000 titles.

Projects and TV

We continue to provide footage to a wide range of projects, screenings, exhibitions, educational projects, television programmes and feature films. Highlights this year include footage of Niki Lauda and James Hunt at Silverstone in 1975 which was seen worldwide in the movie, Rush directed by Ron Howard; screenings at Quad in Derby, The Swan in Worcester, Broadway in Nottingham and The Ritz in Belper; and footage in Heston’s Fantastical Food (Betty TV/Channel 4), You Saw Them Here First (Shiver/ITV) and Timeshift (BBC).

This year we also won a FOCAL International Award for the Best Use of Footage in a Home Entertainment Release for our DVD, From Headlines to Tight-lines – The Story of ATV Today, produced for us by

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Christmas Closing

MACE will close for Christmas on Friday 20th December and re-open on Thursday 2nd January 2014.

Our online shop will remain open while we are closed but our Download to Own and Made to Order titles won’t be available.

We’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support.


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