Full Circle Archive Film Screening 31.03.12 Sytchampton Village Hall to show digitised Droitwich/ Ombersley archive cine film finds to local community.

MACE Full Circle Curator – Lucie Kerley shakes hands with Depositor Mike Turner as he hands over his cinefilm to be digitised and preserved by MACE.

A good while back I met Mike Turner of Ombersley at a Droitwich History & Archaeology Society meeting; when I first went along to talk about MACE’s Full Circle Community Film Search Project.

Mike had brought along a selection of cinefilms which he had shot some 40 + years ago. With help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, MACE was able to digitise this material – just one of 200 collections found during the Full Circle Project’s search for film, which are now going to be shown by  Ombersley Dramatic Society at Sytchampton Village Hall, Worcestershire. DY13 9SY on 31 March commencing at 7.30. pm.

Tickets can be obtained from Mike Turner, 01905 620757.

Other titles from Mike Turner’s Collection include:

“The combining of the Parishes of Ombersley and Doverdale in 1973 created one of the largest parishes in Worcestershire. The Parish extends from Crossway Green in the north to Hawford in the south and from east to west from the River Salwarpe to the River Severn. There is excellent farmland with two-thirds approximately devoted to arable crops and one-third pasture for livestock. The soil is similar to that of the Vale of Evesham.

“The village has a rich heritage of half-timbered houses built between 1450 and 1750, mostly within a short distance of the roundabout at the centre of the village. Within the village centre are 22 listed buildings, mainly black and white timbered buildings each unique in style and endowed with considerable charm. The availability of timber explains the concentration of so many timbered buildings in the village. Whilst most are now in use as private residences, some have had a colourful chequered history linked to a time when the village provided all basic services for residents. Many were occupied by a range of businesses including police houses, post offices, public houses, forges, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Villagers have a keen awareness of this historical heritage. There were expressions of sadness and regret when building of the A449, Worcester to Kidderminster trunk necessitated the demolition of buildings. Yet this bypass, with increasing motorised traffic, has contributed to ensuring the fabric of the village is preserved.

An opportunity for villagers to step back in time and to visit Ombersley’s recent past will be the showing of a collection of films taken in the 1970’s illustrating contemporary Ombersley. Films of that era have been digitised by Media Archive for Central England and show construction of the A449, the machines in use at that time and construction workers in their labours. Adult members of the audience may recognise themselves as children at play and performing in shows at the Memorial Hall. The programme is to be presented by Ombersley Dramatic Society at Sytchampton Village Hall on 31 March commencing at 7.30. pm. Tickets can be obtained from Mike Turner, 01905 620757.”

Written by Roy Murphy for The Parish of Ombersley and Doverdale Newsletter.

Opposite the car park of the Crown and Sandys is the 16th or 17th century Pewterer’s House. This originated in Bewdley and was re-erected in 1841 and eventually divided to form two cottages.

Cresswells, a ‘cruck house’ located alongside the roundabout was built before 1500. In 1926 the first petrol station in Ombersley was installed a few yards to the north of Cresswells.

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the Midlands region and would like to know how to look after them, please get in touch with us at MACE (Media Archive for Central England) to learn how to preserve them for future generations for years to come.
Web: www.macearchive.org


Newsflash: MACE’s Full Circle ‘finds’ on BBC East Midlands Today – scheduled for broadcast Tuesday 7th Feb at 6.30pm


Full Circle Curator, Lucie Kerley, wears @MACEarchive red to celebrate coverage of the Arnold Collection, a series of films collected by Arnold History Society, on BBC East Midlands Today’s Preserving the Past slot is scheduled for Tuesday, 7th Feb at 6:30pm. 

Production on new documentary on the History of ATV Today starts today

The guys behind the highly successful and very well received documentary From ATVLand in Colour begin filming a new documentary today which will be released on DVD by MACE in October this year.

At present the release date is scheduled for Monday 23rd October, so put the date in your diaries.

The DVD will be in 4 parts and will include an array of exclusive interviews from those who worked in front and behind the camera for Associated Television on the Midlands news/magazine programme ATV Today which began in 1964 and ended in 1981, when it was replaced by Central News.

As the screen archive for the Midlands it’s unsurprising that we will be including a lot of archive footage from the ITV Central Collection that is preserved at MACE.

I’ll be blogging frequently with development news on the documentary and pictures of those contributing as well as a peek at the archive we will be using. Exciting times!

Development Manager

Getting ready to launch!! A few photo updates on the @MACEarchive team @unilincoln launch day activities…

MACE Archivist Kayla Thompson prepares film for transfer in the Technician Suite and answers questions for the BBC Look North News Team.

Development Manager Emma Morley and MACE Director James Patterson celebrate the launch of Nottingham on Film at the MACE Archive Uni of Lincoln launch event.

MACE Full Circle Curator Kay Ogilvie helps hang photos for the launch exhibition.

Full Circle Curator Lucie Kerley helps with finishing touches on MACE exhibition.

MACE’s Richard Shenton and Philip Leach measure the exhibition space to hang the final prints.

Photography Copyright: Lucie Kerley

Emma Morley talks ATVLand, MACE and Peak Practice with Andy Potter on BBC Radio Derby

After initially getting lost trying to find the car park, I visited BBC Radio Derby today to chat to Andy Potter about out DVD release From ATVLand in Colour, why it is important that we preserve the moving images of the Midlands now and in the future, and remembered with Andy my early career as Producer’s Assistant on the Carlton Television medical drama Peak Practice – a series that was filmed in Derbyshire and latterly, Longnor in Staffordshire.


Andy asked me to choose three songs: the first record I was ever bought, the last song I downloaded and a song I could play again and again and never tire of. Tune into Andy’s show on BBC Radio Derby (local: 104.5FM / 95.3FM / 96FM) on Monday 7th November from 1-4pm to find out the songs I chose (there’s a clue in the picture above) and hear more about MACE and the DVD.

CLICK HERE to listen again after Tuesday 8th November. Choose Monday 7th November 1-4pm to listen to the show.

BBC Hereford & Worcester

I’ll also be interviewed by Elliott Webb tomorrow morning at 8:10am (bright and early!) on BBC Hereford & Worcester.  If you’re local to the area, tune into 104FM or 94.7FM to hear me chat about the From ATVLand in Colour and TV history in general.

BBC Radio Leicester

Next Saturday 12 November I’ll also be having a chat to Tony Wadsworth. No doubt Worm Sprogging will enter the conversation. CLICK HERE if you’re intrigued…

All in all, I’m quite busy chatting on the Radio about MACE and From ATVLand in Colour, which has far exceeded our expections, with eight 5 Star reviews on Amazon and 350 copies being sold in the first 3 weeks!

CLICK HERE to purchase From ATVLand in Colour from our ONLINE SHOP

CLICK HERE to purchase From ATVLand in Colour from Amazon (Chose Seller: MACEArchive for £14.99 plus p&p option)

Best wishes

Emma – MACE

Central Tonight reports on MACE co-production, From ATVLand in Colour

Those of you who live in the Midlands may have seen Bob Warman and Sameena Ali-Khan preview a feature on our new DVD release this evening…

…Central Tonight will be reporting on our co-production with ATVLand.productions, From ‘ATVLand’ in Colour tomorrow evening (Wednesday 26th October) at 6pm. Those of you reading this from outside of the region will be able to view Central Tonight online after the programme, tomorrow HERE

From ‘ATVLand’ in Colour has been a labour of love for the guys at ATVLand.Productions, and their infectious enthusiasm for the ATV Centre and regional production as a whole has meant MACE’s partnership with them in bringing this 4 hour documentary to DVD has been a great experience – their passion for the region complementing MACE’s core aims of preserving and providing access to the screen heritage of the Midlands.

Chris Tarrant, a keen fisherman, presenting Angling Today with the legendary Terry Thomas.

...and more than 30 years on, remembering good times at the ATV Centre

Even better now, that viewers of the programme are reacting so positively to the documentary, with 5 star reviews on Amazon, a wonderful write up on Cathode Ray Tube, and orders from, not only the Midlands, but Scotland, Wales, Switzerland and the USA.

MACE have sold over 250 copies in the DVD’s second week of release, and enthusiasm for the DVD is spreading across the internet.

Shaw Taylor remembers the origins of 'Keep 'em Peeled'

When ATVland.Productions and MACE first discussed collaborating in bringing their documentary to DVD, we talked of From ‘ATVLand’ in Colour having a specific appeal to those interested in TV history. What has been, perhaps not surprising, is that the DVD is actually having a much broader appeal, especially for those who fondly remember ATV (Associated Television) and the regional and national programmes that were made in Birmingham.

I hope, like me, you’ll be tuning into Central Tonight tomorrow to remember with Bob Warman and colleagues, a vibrant and exciting time in the history of television… all from studios in Birmingham.

Pics Above: Bob Warman remembers his debut report on 16th July 1973: 'Yardley Wood Mini Houses'

To purchase the DVD:

From the MACE website Shop – CLICK HERE

From Amazon – CLICK HERE




MACE makes Francis Bacon film accessible for Lincoln’s first Digital Festival running from 21st to 29th October…

16mm Portrait of Francis Bacon ©1968 Peter Gidal Frequency 2011 : Lincoln Digital Culture Festival

From 21st until 29th October Frequency 2011 will transform Lincoln into an interactive sensory playground with work by local, national and international artists.  Barry Hale & Uzma Johal, Festival Directors at Frequency 2011 brought a very special 16mm film of  Francis Bacon to the MACE film archive. We were pleased to be able to help them by copying this rare film onto an accessible DV-CAM format so that it could be screened at the festival.

The original 16mm Francis Bacon film on left, and the newly copied DVCAM on right

Festival Director Uzma Johal from Threshold Studios said:

“This is a truly unique event marking the beginning of an exciting journey for Lincoln, its artists, academics and local people to come together in celebrating the pioneering spirit of contemporary digital culture and take its place as an active contributor on the international circuit of digital culture and arts festivals.”

The nine-day event will take place in a range of locations throughout Lincoln including established arts venues The Collection, the Usher Gallery, Lincoln Drill Hall and the University of Lincoln.

The festival will also embrace non-traditional and unexpected locations across the city in an effort to engage local residents as well as artists and academics.

Running throughout the festival will be seminars, workshops and debates and an exciting programme of activities for children which will coincide with the October half-term holiday.

Details can be found on the website http://www.frequency.org.uk.

ATVLand.productions visit MACE to see DVDs dispatched

Steve Thwaites and Peter Raven, two of the great guys at ATVLand.productions came to visit MACE’s new facilities today to see the new offices, viewing rooms, technical suite and archive – just in time to help dispatch the first waive of DVDs to customers.

There has been a delay with printing this week which meant the first batch was 7 days late but they have now been sent out. Thank you to those who ordered for your patience. We can now send DVDs out the same day.

It was over a year ago that ATVLand.productions, a group of highly talented TV enthusiasts, came to visit me in Leicester to show me the documentary they were making about the history of the ATV Centre on Broad Street in Birmingham, and it became clear to me quite quickly that the film they had made fitted completely with MACE’s ethos – celebrating the rich screen heritage of the Midlands.

MACE preserves and makes accessible a diverse range of film, tape and digital material with a significance to the East and West Midlands, including a wealth of private collections, but our largest collection is the ITV Central regional collection and it seemed fitting that MACE work with the guys at ATVLand.productions to showcase some of the gems in the ITV Central collections by collaborating with them on turning the documentary into a DVD for many more people to enjoy.

A year later, here we are…we’ve released the DVD and we very much hope you enjoy it.

MACE is a registered charity and the proceeds MACE receive on sales will feed directly back into fulfilling our charitable aims of preserving the material we hold and providing access to this footage through our website, screenings, exhibitions and community & education outreach work.

From ATVLand in Colour has been a labour of love for all involved and we are very proud of what we have achieved as a small team. We hope you will share our passion for this era in Midlands television production.

Best wishes

From ATVLand In Colour is £14.99 until 30 November (RRP £17.99) and can be purchased HERE

Picture below: Stephen Thwaites and Peter Raven see the DVD for the first time today at MACE’s new base.


MACE Move to the University of Lincoln – Monday 12th September

The Media Archive for Central England (MACE), the screen archive for the Midlands, is pleased to announce it is relocating from Leicester to the University of Lincoln.

MACE will be based in the MHT Building at the University of Lincoln from Monday 12th September

Thanks to nearly £500,000 from the Screen Heritage UK programme (SHUK), supported by investment from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, as well as the generous support of the University of Lincoln, from September 12th MACE will occupy purpose built facilities alongside the University’s School of Media.

The new facilities include a new temperature and humidity controlled film and tape store which, along with MACE’s use for master materials of the new BFI store at Gaydon will ensure that the moving image collections MACE cares for will be held in the best environment possible.  Adjacent to the store will be a specially designed technical suite as well as new offices and viewing suites.

Professor David Sleight, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Media, Humanities and Technology, said:We are delighted to be welcoming MACE onto the University campus. With our academic strengths in disciplines related to its work – for example media, history, journalism, social policy and media asset management – we hope to be a fitting home for the archive, which generations of people regionally will benefit from alongside our students, academics, and broadcast professionals.”

Although MACE will be based in Lincoln, we will continue to offer a service to ALL of the East and West Midlands, through our outreach work, our large online catalogue, our work in schools, and our supply of material to museums & exhibitions throughout the Midlands.

Half of MACE’s team of nine will also split their working week between office bases across the Midlands, making meetings and visits to events easier for both our team and our partners & supporters.

Our Website and Blog here at MACELive are constantly updated with news of our acquisitions as well as events being held
across the Midlands.

Old Lincolnshire On Film - Saturday 10th September at 11am - Lincoln Drill Hall

To celebrate the move to the University of Lincoln, and the start of The Reel History of Britain series which we blogged about earlier today, MACE will be hosting a screening, Old Lincolnshire on Film, at the Lincoln Drill Hall at 11:00am on Saturday 10th September.

The event will also be an opportunity for visitors to try out an exciting new search facility on MACE’s website which we also blogged about earlier today. Thanks to the Screen Heritage UK Programme, users can now use MACE’s Search Your Film Archives facility on our Advanced Search page to browse the online catalogues of the BFI and 10 regional film archives across the UK. Some of these catalogue entries have associated video clips, and more videos will be added over time. Staff from MACE’s experienced team will be on hand to help visitors try out the search tool after the screening.

Tickets to Old Lincolnshire on Film can be booked online HERE or by phoning Lincoln Drill Hall’s Box Office on 01522 873894

MACE are in the process of moving to the University of Lincoln in this coming week, and more news and pictures will follow frequently as MACE settle into their new facilities.