Volunteering Opportunity at MACE for University of Lincoln Students


We’re looking for volunteers to work on a  Heritage Lottery Fund Project called What Can You See? which aims to save 18 significant film collections and to make this important film heritage accessible to all. 

Students at the University of Lincoln will have the opportunity to play a key role in this project by watching these films and describing to us what they think is important in each film, what is most interesting and engaging about them. These contributions will enable us to make the films widely accessible and to identify trends that will help our website search engine guide more people to films they want to see.

Volunteers will be given training and support throughout this element of the project which will take place between September and December 2017.

You can find out more about the opportunity here including application details and deadlines.

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MACE Footage Features in Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story


Discover the fascinating story of Raleigh with Pedalling Dreams, a brand new documentary charting the history of the world famous bicycle company.

Produced by Testimony Films, Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story, tells the extraordinary tale of the remarkable characters and famous bicycle designs that spawned out of one of Nottingham’s most famous companies.

Featuring a mixture of archive footage from MACE along with interviews and testimonies from former employees, this beautifully illustrated documentary uncovers Raleigh’s fascinating journey from its humble beginnings, ups and downs, to becoming the largest manufacturer of bicycles in the world.

The documentary premiers on BBC Four on Wednesday 15th of March at 9pm and will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

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RUGBY: A MIDLANDS STORY NOMINATED FOR A ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARD


‘Rugby – A Midlands Story’ is a documentary film by Iconic Productions charting the heritage of the sport in the region that invented it. 

This captivating film which features rarely seen moving image archive from MACE and ITV Sport, has been nominated in the Best Factual Programme category for the 2016 Royal Television Society Midlands Awards.

The winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on 3rd November at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.

For further information on the film or to arrange a screening, please follow the link below:

 www.iconictv.co.uk/rugby-a-midlands-story

rugby

RUSTON & HORNSBY – A VAST ARCHIVE REVEALING LINCOLNSHIRE’S UNIQUE INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE


Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Ruston & Hornsby project aims to preserve the legacy of one of Lincolnshire’s most iconic engineering companies through the digitisation of photographic negatives and cine film, alongside interviews with former Ruston and Hornsby workers.

The photographs and documents which are now stored at Lincolnshire Archives and films stored here at MACE, form part of a huge collection showcasing the history of Ruston and Hornsby, which became part of Siemens in 2003. The archive spans the company’s 150 years, offering a rare and detailed insight into Lincolnshire’s manufacturing heyday and Britain’s industrial past.

This major heritage project in collaboration with Siemens, Lincolnshire County Council and the University of Lincoln has allowed MACE to catalogue, assess and digitise a selection of fascinating films relating to the company, extracts of which can be viewed online via the Lincs to the past website and MACE’s Vimeo page. Copies of the full films can be viewed by appointment at both Lincolnshire Archives and MACE.

To learn more about the project and Lincolnshire’s rich industrial history, visit the Lincs to the Past website here.

 

LOVE IN THE MIDLANDS


Get that loving feeling and check out this short compilation originally put together by MACE for the BFI love season and the Film Audience Network.

It features tales of love and romance from the streets of the Midlands in the 1960s and 70s. Originally filmed by ATV Today and answering burning questions of the day, such as: “Do Midlands men make lousy lovers?”

 

The BFI Unveil A Captivating New Collection- Football On Film


The BFI have released a fascinating new collection on the BFI Player called Football on Film. 

The collection includes some of the earliest matches ever filmed, adverts, documentaries and newsreel all of which provide a historical insight into the evolution of the game.

Within the collection are a variety of films supplied by MACE including Day-Dream Believer, a short film from 1968 made by pupils at the City of Leicester Boys School in which a student dreams of playing for Leicester City Football Club.

You can also experience early football matches in the Midlands including Derby County vs Leicester in 1939 and Sheffield Wednesday v Hereford United from 1958.

Click here to start exploring the absorbing history of the beautiful game.

MACE SUPPLIES FOOTAGE FOR DOCUMENTARY FILM: RUGBY – A MIDLANDS STORY


‘Rugby – A Midlands Story’ is a short documentary film by Iconic Productions charting the heritage of the sport in the region that invented it. 

The film features a range of interviews with Moseley Rugby Club, Rugby School, Web Ellis Rugby Museum and official Rugby World Cup host venue Aston Villa FC along with rarely seen moving image archive from MACE and ITV Sport.

This fascinating film not only celebrates the history of rugby but also acts as a legacy document for rugby in the Midlands both in the present day and looking ahead at the future.

The film premiered at the official Rugby World Cup Fan Zone in Birmingham on the 26th September 2015 and was shown 5 times on a 100 sq/ft big screen viewed by over 7000 Rugby fans from around the world.

A shorter version of the film ‘Rugby – The Origins’ screened during the opening ceremony of the World Cup at the birthplace of the game. It is also currently screening 4 times a day to visiting school children at the ‘Rugby Village’.

If you would like to arrange a screening please contact Iconic Productions by following the link below:

http://iconictv.co.uk/contact-us/

‘FILM IS FRAGILE’ – A NEW CAMPAIGN FROM THE BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE TO HELP PROTECT THE NATION’S FILM COLLECTION


The BFI, in collaboration with Mill+, have created a thought-provoking new film which reveals the fragility of film itself and highlights the importance of its preservation and restoration.

With film being such a fragile medium, preserving and restoring these irreplaceable items is costly work and this fantastic campaign looks to raise both awareness and funding to protect the nation’s film heritage.

To learn more about the campaign, please visit www.bfi.org.uk/filmisfragile 

 

Meet Mavis – a textile worker from Ilkeston’s A. Booth and Sons……


If you have enjoyed watching the latest MACE online film screening of ‘Clothing the Nation’ about the East Midlands Textile Industry here is a chance to view some more images and to find out about one particular textile worker from Ilkeston. Mavis (shown below) worked at A. Booth & Sons, Ilkeston, manufacturers of nylon stockings 60 years ago.

Mavis an ex employee of A. Booth & Sons holding the company brochure

Mavis aged 16 years – working at A. Booth & Sons in the 1950s

It was fascinating to talk to Mavis about her time at Booths where she worked as a ‘pairer’ – matching the left and right legs of nylon stockings. She started at Booths when she was 15 years old and spent approximately 17 years working there.

Mavis showed me this publicity brochure (it was fascinating to look through) she was going along to Erewash Museum nearby to lend it to them for exhibiting. Mavis said she enjoyed her time there and was voted ‘Personality Girl’ at one point in her career. You can see clips from a film about the A.Booth and Sons Ltd factory in Ilkeston by searching our online catalogue.

Kay

Spotlight on our Full Circle Film Depositors – Art Zarb


Art Zarb in his projection room

We thought it was time to feature some of our talented film makers who have made the Full Circle project such an interesting project to work on. They have not only enriched the film archive with their home movies, but built a rich portrait of midland life.

Art’s cinema

Art hails from Malta originally and came to the midlands at a very early age. He developed an interest in photography and worked as a professional photographer for most of his life. He also worked as a professional cinema projectionist, handling large 35mm reels of film and working on the latest technology in cinema projection equipment.

Art worked as a professional cinema projectionist

You can see the size of some of the reels of film he worked with in the photo on the right. He soon become interested in film making and made many films of life in the clubs where he worked as a photographer, family life and holidays. In fact Art developed such an interest in making and screening films that he built a cinema in his back garden. Some of the celebs from the 1960s he filmed included actress Diana Dors and DJ Pete Murray.

Art’s projection room

Art’s home movies, along with many of the Full Circle collection of films will be carefully stored and catalogued and will soon be available to search for on the MACE online film catalogue. Thanks Art!

Kay