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.
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.
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.
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.
A good crowd of Kniveton villagers turned out to watch the home movies of the Derbyshire film making duo Mr Wright and Mr Ratcliffe.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Willy Lane film Collection
This rare film has been deposited with MACE archive by Willy Lane. It was shot on 16mm on location at the mining village of Doe Lea with the help of the local community. The film shows a tight-knit mining community getting on with their lives. There are rare scenes of back to back housing showing children playing marbles in the rubble strewn street with broken pavements, miners leaving work at Doe Lea colliery, residents of Doe Lea in the local shop being served.
MACE/Full Circle project have made an editable copy for Willy so that he can screen some of these films in Doe Lea once again. We are carefully storing the original 16mm film in our climatically controlled archive at Lincoln University. This was a partnership/community film. Director: BBC Director of Education Michael Stevenson, Camera: Stephen Hawkins, Sound: Lynn Meadley, Editors: Lynne Roberts, Anthony Lane (brother of Willy).
There are more films to come from the Doe Lea area and MACE are currently preparing to copy them for Tony Trafford – his films are of Doe Lea and the Stainsby Folk Festival held nearby. http://www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk/
The mining village was named after the Doe Lea river. There are some interesting memories from miners who worked at the Doe Lea Colliery here: http://www.aditnow.co.uk/community/viewtopic.aspx?t=2712
Renowned musicians Dave Sturt (fretless bass/sound design), Theo Travis (flute, sax), Deirdre Benscik (cello) and Clare Bhabra (violin) play an evocative soundtrack to this fascinating collection of film from the 1930s onwards. Dave and Theo collaborated with visual artist Anthony Hatton to produce this thought provoking and engaging performance.
The films were collected as part of the MACE/Full Circle film search project funded by the Heritage Lottery. MACE would like to thank all those who deposited their films as part of this project and contributed to the rich screen heritage of the midlands.
Guest musicians Deirdre Benscik and Clare Bhabra are from the renowned Sinfonia ViVA.
Angela and David are members of one of over 70 local history groups working with the MACE Heritage lottery funded project called Full Circle. The Full Circle project helps preserve original films and make them accessible to the local community by copying them onto DVD. David and Angela first had the idea of celebrating the past May Day events when they held an exhibition last year of old photographs. James Green a local man donated his May Day films and other films to the history group, and these rare films were preserved and copied by MACE and screened at Saturday’s event.
David was a radio engineer at the BBC when Daventry was the radio transmitter base for broadcasting until it all closed down in the 1990s. In 1925 the newly created BBC constructed a broadcasting station on Borough Hill just outside the town. Daventry was chosen because it was the point of maximum contact with the land mass of England and Wales. From 1932 the BBC Empire Service (now the BBC World Service) was broadcast from there. David found some old footage of the last poignant day when the whole plant was closed down and many people at the film screening on Saturday recognised their younger selves on screen.
Many local people saw themselves up on the big screen on Saturday – ex employees of the BBC, ladies who ran in the Rugby to Daventry Ladies Run, and ex May Day queens from many years ago.
BBC Radio presenter Martin Heath provided an excellent commentary for the BBC films and footage of scenes around Daventry in the 1970s
Come along and see some original archive footage of films shot by local film maker James Green in 1960s Daventry.
These 8mm cine films were handed to Daventry museum volunteer David Adams by James Green at the museum heritage event in 2011. James Green is now the owner of “Kinema in the Woods” at Woodhall Spa http://www.thekinemainthewoods.co.uk/ but a long time before that he made some films in Daventry. The original films have now been stored for preservation at the MACE archive at the University of Lincoln and as part of the Full Circle Heritage Lottery funded project. MACE have made a copy of the films onto DVD so that local people can once again view their screen heritage.
Film Screening starts at 7.30pm, at the iCon Centre, Eastern Way, Daventry NN11 4FP. Tel: 01327 304800