Filming Dracula in the 1960s and the JayRich group, Annesley


David Amos, Project officer for the HLF funded Annesley Old Church project and a Full Circle supporter, has sent us this post:
We had a fantastic day on Monday (10th December 2012) when a small group of us met at the Acacia Centre in Annesley Woodhouse to view the archive footage of the spoof Dracula films done by the Jayrich Group in the early 1960’s.  vlcsnap-2012-12-12-13h38m41s222In attendance were Mrs and Eddie Newby (Dracula in the film, 86 years young!), Fred Hutchinson (member of the Kirkby Cine Club in the 1960’s), Trevor Lee (Local Film and Media Historian), Mick Pattison (Local film and media enthusiast) and David Amos (Project Officer for the Annesley Old Church Project). 
Eddie Newby was interviewed about the making of the two spoof Dracula films and then the footage from the two films was shown and filmed, with the group discussing various aspects of the making the films over 50 years ago.  Trevor Lee supplied research details of the Jayrich group and Fred Hutchinson brought a collection of vintage movie camera’s.
vlcsnap-2012-12-12-13h39m16s62MACE’s Full Circle project made digital copies of the cine films and now preserve the original at the MACE film archive. Plans are in the initial stages for using the footage from the original films in a new production as part of the Annesley Old Church Project (2011-2014).  The Annesley project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and some of the original footage was filmed at Annesley Old Church when it was more intact than the present ruined remains. To find out about the Annesley Church project have a look at his link:

Kniveton Primary school screen archive films………and plan their own film for future generations to enjoy

Waiting for the film screening……..

What a fantastic response to the films from the children, parents and teachers at the recent archive film screening at Kniveton! The whole school (over 70 children) gave up an afternoon to come along and watch these 80 year old films. I’ve never had so many questions! This was a special film screening to show the school some of the footage found during the recent film search taking place as part of the MACE/Full Circle heritage lottery funded project.

Elee Kirk – evaluator for the Full Circle project and Head, Lynn Board of Kniveton school – Derbyshire

Head teacher Lynn Board was very welcoming and pleased to be able to show the school community some of the footage found in the area. Lynn said, “We are looking forward to using the film to stimulate discussions about what life was like 80 years ago in Kniveton, these films will help bring  history to life for the children”. Lynn asked the children if they would like to make a film themselves of what Kniveton is like now so that they would have something to leave for future generations – she got a resounding YES! If the school do go on to make their own film – they could deposit  it with our film archive for safekeeping and it would make a fascinating comparison with the 80 year old films they have just viewed.

Throughout the screening the children pointed out places they recognised on screen and asked questions about the fashions, transport, farming, vehicles, animals and much much more! It was a throughly enjoyable afternoon for all. A big thank you to Lynn and all the staff and children for making us so welcome. The Kniveton films were shot by the duo Mr Wright and Mr Ratcliffe who lived in the village and filmed all the village events. The  8mm cine films were deposited with MACE for us to preserve them for future generations to enjoy and study. A copy was made onto  DVD for the local community and the owner.


Vintage films screened at Ashbourne U3A meeting in September….

Katie and Sarah enjoy watching the archive footage with their grandmother Audrey

A grand meeting of 13 groups of the U3A (University of the Third Age) came along to Ashbourne to watch the films of Mr Wright and Mr Ratcliffe – this is an extra special collection of films dating back to the 1930s about the village of Kniveton and surrounding area, including Ashbourne.

Members of the Ashbourne group – U3A

These 8mm cine films (over 70 reels) are now carefully stored at the MACE climatically controlled archive at the University of Lincoln. MACE has made copies onto DVD for the local community to share  as part of the lottery funded Full Circle project which re-unites people with their screen heritage. The University of the Third Age (U3A) meet monthly in Ashbourne – for more details have a look at their website


Kniveton villagers in Derbyshire re-live childhood memories at Kniveton film screening….

A good crowd of Kniveton villagers turned out to watch the home movies of the Derbyshire film making duo Mr Wright and Mr Ratcliffe.

Some of the old farming families are still resident in the village and were able to help identify faces on screen

The films, dating back to the 1930s, show scenes of village life, farming activities and farming practice before mechanisation.What is so special about this collection is the fact that Mr Wright and Mr Ratcliffe, both resident in the village, filmed villagers and farmers carrying out their normal activities. It is a fascinating record of a  typical Derbyshire village  just before the war.

The lady on the left recognised her mother on the film

The local school will be screening some of the material at a special school screening on Thursday 25th October and will be using the footage found to help enrich their curriculum.

People recognised themselves on screen as children

This screening united the residents of Kniveton Village with their screen heritage and is part of the Full Circle Heritage Lottery funded project to bring alive history and the value of film as a historical record.

MACE supports D.H.Lawrence Festival mining heritage talk and bus tour this Sunday 16th September…

Dr David Amos in front of the Headstocks at Annesley Colliery, the pit he worked at for 24 years. This photo was taken on the last day of production on January 30th 2000

Ex coalminer and now academic, Dr David Amos (BA/PGCE-FE/PhD), gave a fascinating talk on the mining heritage of Nottinghamshire on Wednesday at the D.H.Lawrence Heritage Centre, Eastwood, as part of the D.H.Lawrence Festival. David has been helping the Full Circle project to search for film in the area and has found some fascinating mining footage that he was able to incorporate into his mining heritage talk. We at MACE have transferred the original 8mm cine films onto DVD and are storing the originals in our purpose built archive for future generations to enjoy and study.

The last shift for the miners –  The photo dates from 1985 and is taken at Pye Hill No.1 Colliery at Underwood, Notts just prior to its closure in  August 1985

The talk accompanies the Mining Heritage Bus Tour on Sunday – the tour will visit some of the coalmining heritage sites, including Brinsley Headstocks, Underwood, Annesley, Newstead and Digby. It will introduce you to some of the high profile and sometimes controversial characters linked with the former pit sites including Arthur Lawrence (father of D.H.Lawrence), Colin Clarke, Harold Larwood, and George Spencer. To book a place contact David on 01623 457537 or the Festival continues for another week contact the D.H.Lawrence Heritage Centre for more details at Durban House Heritage Centre  Mansfield Road, Eastwood, Nottingham NG16 3DZ 01773 717 353


Fascinating old footage found of 1930s Kniveton in Derbyshire, film screening this Sunday 2nd September, 2.30pm Kniveton Village Hall

Do you know this person?

This Sunday at Kniveton Village Hall we will be bringing alive old memories of Kniveton in Derbyshire and hoping to identify some of the characters featured in the film. This film collection was found by Peter Frost and was shot by his grandfather Wilfred Ratcliffe in the 1930s. Wilfred was the chauffeur to the Wright family of Kniveton.

We hope to identify some of the people featured in the film…..

This is a fascinating collection of 8mm cine film shot in and around Kniveton and shows scenes of old farming practices and machinery. Shot just before the war the summer was perfect for using scythes to cut hay, making haystacks and threshing. There are scenes shot in the hay meadows of workers drinking tea after a hard day’s work, the village post mistress, the village fete and Kniveton Jubilee shot in 1939. Other footage includes lively scenes of Ashbourne Shrovetide Football match and Stanley Matthews throwing the ball in the 1970s.

Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy this trip down memory lane and also help us identify some of the characters in the film. The screening will be at Kniveton Village Hall, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1JJ. The hall is next to Kniveton School.

Nottingham on Film & Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District feature on ITV Central Tonight

If you’re in the Midlands region and tuned into ITV Central tonight you may have seen our DVD releases, Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District and Nottingham on Film pop up!

Nottingham on Film is available to purchase at Nottingham Tourism Centre in the city, but you can also purchase it online at our webshop, as well as on Amazon, Ebay and

Among hidden gems are scenes of enjoyment at the Goose Fair, coronation celebrations, life on the shop floor in knitwear, lace, bicycles and tobacco; trade on the River Trent, and a wealth of news reports from ITV’s regional news magazine programme, ATV Today. These include the opening of the Nottingham Playhouse and building work at the ‘new’ Victoria Centre in 1964.

Nottingham on Film – £16.99 from Nottingham Tourism Centre and at

Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District has just been released and contains 80 minutes of archive films from the 1930s to 1980s. Some of the images will be familiar to many, such as Dovedale Stepping Stones which have barely changed since 1938. But other’s provide a ghostly vision of what once was. There is a beautful moment when a steam train billows out of the Monsal tunnel, along the Headtone Viaduct and through the valley. I rewound this moment quite a few times when I watched the DVD myself!

Other moments that are now simply memories captured on film and photographs are cotton spinning at Masson Mill and a look back to the flooding of Ashopton and Derwent Village to make way for Ladybower Reservoir.

Anyone who has a passion for the Peak District and Derbyshire will no doubt be tranfixed by some of these rarely seen images which are now released on DVD for many to see and enjoy.

Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District

MACE have a special offer running on the two DVDs until 27th August, exclusive to their website: If the two titles are purchased together we are offering a £2 discount. Simply place both titles in your Webshop basket and the discount will automatically apply.

Nottingham on Filmand Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District are two of nine DVDs being released in a series called Midlands on Film, which in different ways capture the people, history, culture and traditions of the Midlands through moving images. More titles will be released throughout September and October.

The Midlands on Film Series. More titles released throughout September & October