‘The Historian and the Home Movie’ film – Blog 1

In MACE’s blog this week we take a look at the film ‘The Historian and the Home Movie’ produced for us by Electric Egg.

The 25 minute film has been made available for free as a DVD to subscribers of this month’s History Today magazine in. The DVD can also be made available to academics, researchers, teachers and other educational and research organisations. See the end of this post for details.

This 5 part blog will focus on extracts from the film which highlights some of the material found in MACE’s Heritage Lottery Funded film search project, Full Circle, and explores how home movies and amateur films can be used by academics as important historical ‘documents’.

Historian and the Home Movie Clip 1:
James Patterson introduces MACE and explains the concept of the Full Circle Project

In this clip, MACE’s Director James Patterson introduces MACE and talks briefly about the Heritage Lottery Funded project Full Circle which ran from 2010 to 2013. In the project two curators worked closely with 69 communities in the East and West Midlands to search for film and tape which was deposited at MACE, digitised and catalogued. A DVD copy was then given to the owners of the original material and the community so that it could be used in local research, screenings and in education.

James says of MACE, ‘Our interest is in creating a resource which reflects the history and culture of the East and West Midlands as reflected through the medium of the moving image, whether that’s film or video tape or digital material now’. He goes on, ‘We want to reflect the moving image culture of the region but we want to, much more, reflect the region through the medium of the moving image as it’s been captured, that’s what we’re about, and then we’re about connecting people to that’.

James then explains the concept of Full Circle:
‘The Full Circle project was conceived to go and find material in the community, to process it to make it useful and usable, and to get it back into the community so that it could be usefully used, that’s the broad concept. We worked through it, examined it, assessed it, spoke to the community about what it was that we’d found, negotiated copies, both for the community and for its original owners, and at the same time the ‘master’ material – the original material coming into the regional archive – would be preserved in the long term and would be available as part of the growing regional resource that we have here’.

The interview with James was filmed at MACE’s offices at the University of Lincoln and shots of our Flashtransfer equipment in action can be seen together with extracts of material that has been found and digitised as part of the Full Circle project.

Obtaining a copy of The Historian and the Home Movie for Research
If you are an academic, teacher or researcher and would like a free copy of the DVD, please email info@macearchive.org or telephone 01522 837750. As we only have a small number of DVDs available, please advise us of your profession and the organisation you represent when you contact us.

DVDs are free, although a contribution towards postage would be appreciated. P&P is usually £1.50.
MACE is a registered charity and registered with Just Giving. A donation towards our on-going work would be appreciated. Visit http://www.justgiving.com/mediaarchiveceltd/donate to see our Just Giving page and make a donation.

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