Memories from MACE- Kaleidoscope Event, 1st September 2012


I will be joining Kaleidoscope this Saturday for a special celebration of ATV and Midlands broadcasting. Titled Midlands Memories, the event will feature guest interviews, rare screenings and ATV memorabilia on display.

Hartley Hare, Nigel Plaskitt and Gail Renard will be joining to remember their time on classic ATV children’s show, Pipkins. Celebrated musician and composer Johnny Patrick has an association with music on Midlands television going back five decades and will be appearing live. There will also be a special pre-recorded video interview with Bob Warman, the face of Midlands news since the 1970s. 

Screenings include previously missing footage from TISWAS, a tribute to The Golden Shot, local comic Lenny Henry’s television debut on New Faces which was preserved by Bob Monkhouse, Tingha and Tucker, an untransmitted look at ATV’s years at Elstree Studios, rare material from ATV Today and much more.

The team behind our 2011 DVD release From ATVLand in Colour, Peter Raven and Lee Bannister will talk about our next collaborative project, From Headlines to Tight-Lines – The Story of ATV Today. Also, I will be showcasing a special presentation of rare gems from the Media Archive for Central England, you can see a selection of screengrabs from the footage I’ll be showing below.

Diana Rigg at the Television Awards 1966

Tingha and Tucka in 1966

Cliff Richard on Tingha and Tucka in 1963

Cliff Richard performing with Tingha and Tucka

Midlands Memories will take place on Saturday 1st September 2012 between 12:00-7:00pm at

The Talbot Hotel
High Street
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 1DW

 

Full details of the schedule for the day can be found on the Next Kaleidoscope Event page.

 

See you there!

Emma

Sneaky Peak Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Cipher’s Rehearsal of Upcoming ‘Past Lives’ Musical/ Archive Film Performance


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Over the past year and a half the @MACEarchive Media Archive for Central England‘s, @HeritageLottery Funded, Full Circle Project Curators Kay Ogilvie (@KayOgilvie) and Lucie Kerley (@luciekerley) have worked alongside local community and history groups throughout the midlands to collect over 200+ home-movie, industrial and amateur film collections relating to the East and West Midlands.

One of our West Midlands Full Circle Groups Norman Bartlam and the TNT News Team with the Mayoress Councillor Ward at a film screening event in Ladywood, Birmingham.

Dave Sturt and his creative musical troup – Cipher have collaborated with visual artist Anthony Hatton to produce a thought-provoking and engaging visual and live musical experience using little seen footage from the Media Archive of Central England, including local images of Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, West Midlands and Nottinghamshire.

Cipher's Dave and Theo

Cipher's Dave and Tony

MACE were delighted to be able to work with Cipher to give these previously hidden, film heritage gems new musical accompaniment in order to bring these silent home-movies to life! For more information see here.

Cipher during a rehearsal session of "Past Lives".

For tickets, please contact the venues directly.

Tour Dates:

08/03/12 – Lincoln Performing Arts Centre T: 01522 837600

09/03/12 – The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford      T: 01529 308710

27/03/12 – South Holland Centre, Spalding T: 01775 764 777

25/05/12 – Holymoorside Village Hall, Chesterfield  T: 01246 567118 or 861997

27/05/12 – The Broadway, Nottingham T: 0115 952 6600

30/05/12 – Solihull Arts Complex T: 0121 704 6962

24/06/12 – The Ritz cinema, Belper T: 01773 822 224

27/06/12 – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry T: 024 7652 4524

29/06/12 – The Public, West Bromwich  T: 0121 533 7161

07/07/12 – The Quad, Derby T: 01332 290606

08/07/12 – Gothic Warehouse, Cromford  T: 01629 824297

19/07/12 – Stamford Arts Centre T: 01780 763 20

http://www.cipher.f9.co.uk/index.htm

The music is composed by renowned musicians Theo Travis(flute, sax – David Sylvian, Steven Wilson, Robert Fripp) andDave Sturt (fretless bass/sound design – Gong, Steve Hillage, Bill Nelson). They will perform with guest musicians Deirdre Benscik (cello) and Clare Bhabra (violin) from the renownedSinfonia ViVA

Past Lives Rehearsal with digitally projected Full Circle films in the background.

Chair of Belbroughton History Society and Full Circle Depositor Sarah Bradley chats with pupils at Belbroughton Primary School during a screening of some local archive films from the MACE Full Circle Project.

Child engaging with vintage cine-film camera that was found during the MACE Full Circle Project at BBC Reel History Event in Leicester.

Dave Sturt chats to Sarah Bradley about her father's beautifully shot cinefilm collection, some of which will feature in the Past Lives performance.

the workshops…….some venues will be running workshops on the day of the performance – please ring to check.  They will demonstrate how to create a soundtrack and will give people a chance to play to a scene from the film. The workshop willinclude basic improvisation techniques, ‘capturing a mood’, exploring musical themes, using music technology in live performance and discovering the hidden potential of musical instruments. Interested musicians of all ages and all standards welcome.

our sponsors…….

A very big thank you to the following sponsors who have helped make this happen – The Heritage Lottery, Arts Council England, Derbyshire County Council and The QUAD, Derby

For more information about Dave Sturt or Cipher check out:
http://www.session-bass-guy.com
http://www.myspace.com/davesturt
http://www.cipher.f9.co.uk
http://www.jadewarrior.com
http://www.planetgong.co.uk
http://www.billnelson.com
 

If you have any cine film, tape or moving image material relating to the Midlands region and want to know how you can preserve these items for years to come and have relevant material digitised as part of the Full Circle Project, please get in touch with:

Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Project Curator: Community & Acquisition – 07919 896 505 or 01522 837756 (Wednesday’s) email: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

To learn more about the Full Circle Project, and check out the MACE website  for more Midlands film gems!


Stirchley Happenings Annual Christmas Archive Film Screening Gets Local Brum Community Feeling Full Circle Festive!


Merry Christmas from members of the Birmingham Full Circle Community Group - Stirchley Happenings!

Last weekend, Saturday 17th December from 4pm, the Stirchley Happenings Full Circle Group held their annual Christmas film screening at the Stirchley Community Church and all were invited!

As a pre-feature film short to raise awareness of their involvement in the MACE Full Circle Project, the group showed a 15 minute archive film compilation  of Christmas in Birmingham…

Then they showed their main film – Miracle on 34th Street, the 1947 version.

Members of the audience take their seats ready for a screening of Birmingham related Christmas archive films put together especially by MACE's Phil Leach.

What good film doesn't deserve popcorn!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Hat's on!

It was magical! Christmas at its best!


I wanted to shout

“I believe! I believe!”

As the last scenes were played and the credits rolled, audience members, old and young, hearts were filled with festive joy!

If you have any cine film, tape or moving image material relating to Stirchley, Birmingham or the wider Midlands region and want to know how you can preserve these items for years to come and have relevant material digitised as part of the Full Circle Project, please get in touch with:

Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Project Curator: Community & Acquisition – 07919 896 505 or 01522 837756 (Wednesday’s) email: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

For more info on the Full Circle Project check out: http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html

Photography © Lucie Kerley

TNT Ladywood News Team’s History Show wows Ladywood residents by revisiting @MACEarchive ATV News stories & Full Circle film screening


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Earlier this month the wonderful TNT News Team & Ladywood History Group put on a fantastic exhibition and film screening event which ran over two days, 9th-10th December. It was held at the Parish Church of St John and St Peter, Darnley Road, just off Monument Road, Ladywood, Birmingham.

It was a fantastic day in the beautiful renovated church, complete with exhibition boards featuring local news stores and event covered by both the TNT News Team and Ladywood History Group’s Norman Bartlam, over the past 10 years or more. The event, which was attended by over 300 people over the course of the weekend, was a huge success and an opportunity for the younger members of the Ladywood community to show people the amazing work they had produced being part of TNT News Team.

When TNT & Ladywood History Group first got involved in the MACE (Media Archive for Central England) Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project, they were excited to see which ATV and Midlands News stories were held on film and preserved by MACE. The groups decided to breath new life into the stories and revisit them in 2011 to see how things had changed. They have put together a compilation of their work – The History Show, TNT News November 2011 – to be preserved at MACE for future generations to enjoy for years to come.

The TNT News - The History Show - November 2011 Compilation on DVD - revisiting stories from ATV and Midlands News, held at MACE.

Members of the community that had been featured in stories captured on camera by TNT came to visit the exhibition and also Mayoress Councillor Ward also gave her stamp of approval to the young people’s hard work and urged members of the community not to forget that our past is just as important as our future and should be preserved in the best way possible.

Mayoress Councillor Ward attended the TNT News & Ladywood History Group's 10th Anniversary Celebratory film screening event.

MACE's brand new film and tape store at the University of Lincoln funded by Revitalising the Regions.

If you have any cine film, tape or moving image material relating to Ladywood, Birmingham or the wider Midlands region and want to know how you can preserve these items for years to come and have relevant material digitised as part of the Full Circle Project, please get in touch with:

Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Project Curator: Community & Acquisition – 07919 896 505 or 01522 837756 (Wednesday’s) email: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html

Photography ©Lucie Kerley

Belper Historical Society screen vintage films in the oldest building in Belper………


Mr Ray Marjoram did an excellent job as projectionist: view of East Mill Belper, closed by English Sewing amidst a political storm in 1985

Belper Historical Society had an excellent turnout (considering the weather!) for their screening of vintage films at St John’s Chapel Belper on Wednesday 7th December. It was poignant to watch the ATV footage of the closure of East Mill by English Sewing in 1985 and many faces were recognised up there on the big screen. It was quite shocking to realise that English Sewing  had made a 24 million pound profit the year before, yet still they were tempted by Government funds to move to  Glasgow to a new ‘enterprise’ zone. Thereby making hundreds redundant in Belper. The same happened to many mills along the Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, which is now a World Heritage Site.

Kay Ogilvie (right), senior curator for Full Circle, chats to Pat Majoram (second right) and John Barnett of Belper Historical Society.

Other vintage films screening that night were 1930s films from the Wright/Ratcliffe Collection including Kniveton Jubilee and Ashbourne Carnival.  A resident from Kniveton recognised some faces on these films too and she is now speaking to Kniveton Parish Council about  holding a screening in their village hall of more films from this superb collection.

Pat and Ray Marjoram organised an artefacts table whereby members were asked to identify some of the ‘finds’ on display including some lovely decorated clay pipes. Other ‘finds’ that night included a collection of films owned by John Barnett. More about that further down this blog!

Ray Majoram also doing door service!

The Belper Historical Society is also looking for new committee members to help with ideas and future planning – if you would like to get involved please contact Kay and she will pass on your details. They hold regular meetings and organise history related events and historical walks in and around Belper.

Kay talking to John Barnett about his father's collection of films

Films owned by  John  Barnett: These sound very interesting indeed! They belonged to his father and are of a wedding at Belper Registry Office (does this still exist?) with a reception at The Hurt Arms,  Ambergate, Riber Castle – Matlock when it was a zoo,  scenes from Belper,  Buxton and  Bakewell and something called the ‘Ripley Rotokana’ possibly a carnival, also ‘Dams During Drought’ – the reservoirs of North Derbyshire during the 1976 drought. We will talk to John about preserving his original films and getting  him copies of these onto DVD as these films are of great local interest.

Kay handing Pat Majoram two DVD copies of vintage films for the Belper Historical Society to use in the future and to add to their own film archive.

Tea, coffee and mince pies were a welcome break in the film show - served by one of the members of Belper Historical Society

If you have any films that you would like to preserve and then share with the community then please contact Kay at kay.ogilvie@tiscali.co.uk. Visit our Full Circle pages on our website to find out more about how to get involved http://www.macearchive.org

9th-10th December – Ladywood History Group 10th Anniversary Exhibition & Full Circle Archive Film Screening of old Ladywood


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On Friday 9th December 2011, one of the Media Archive for Central England’s Birmingham based Full Circle Groups – TNT News and Ladywood History Group – invite you to attend an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia of old Ladywood at The Church of St John and St Peter, Ladywood, from 11:00am – 7:30pm and Saturday 10th December from 10:00am – 1:00pm.

On Saturday, 10th December, people are invited to attend a screening of films from the @MACEarchive ATV collection relating to Ladywood, as it was when featured in the news in the 1950s and 1960s. And don’t miss the cutting of the cake by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham at 10:30am to celebrate this special occasion!

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Come along and see if you recognise anyone on the films!

Or of you have any old cine films or homemovies relating to Ladywood, Birmingham or the wider Midlands area that deserve preserving in a film archive and would like to know how they can be digitised free of charge as part of MACE’s Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Film Search Project, then please speak to MACE’s Full Circle Curator – Lucie Kerley, who will be in attendance at Saturday’s event.

You can also contact Lucie Kerley via email on: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

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Wolverhampton Archives Celebrates it’s Annual History Fair with a MACE Full Circle Project film screening


20111010-091302.jpgOn Saturday I was invited to represent – The Media Archive For Central England aka MACE Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle ‘Community Film Search’ Project at The Wolverhampton City Archives Annual History Fair at the Molineux Hotel Buildings.20111010-091345.jpg

The doors opened at 10am as throngs of eager historians and members of the public interested in all aspects of local history poured in to look at the different stands represented by history societies from across the region. I was there to talk to prospective new Full Circle groups in the Wolverhampton area and also to screen a compilation put together by MACE’s Phil Leach, of a selection of material held at MACE showing how the city has evolved over the years.20111010-091403.jpg

I also picked up a collection of films belonging to Dick Rose, former Chairman of Wolverhampton Civic & Historical Society, whose collection was deposited with The City Archives.20111010-091437.jpg

There was much interest to hear what the Rose Collection contains, as rumour has it there may be footage shot by Dick of his time in Singapore during the Coronation Celebrations.20111010-091513.jpg

Overall it was a fantastic day with over 330 people passing through the Molineux’s grand doors to take in a little local history, other groups there included the Tipton Civic Society, another local history group involved in the Full Circle Project’s search for film who have recently enjoyed a screening of ‘Tipton in the 1970s’, The Black Country Society, The Claverley Memories Local History Group, The Women of Wolverhampton Group, The Carl Chinn Birmingham Lives Archives,  The Friends of Wolverhampton Archives, Honour & Awards http://www.honoursandawards.co.uk, The Chase ‘Great War’ Project http://www.messinesridge.co.uk and many more new contacts were made.

e-mail: archives@wolverhampton.gov.uk
Phone: 01902 552480
Minicom: 01902 555554
Fax: 01902 552481

Write or visit:

Archives and Local Studies
Wolverhampton City Council
Molineux Hotel Building
Whitmore Hill
Wolverhampton
WV1 1SF

If you have any cine film or home-movies relating to Wolverhampton or the wider Midlands area please contact:

Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Curator: Community & Acquisition on 01522 837756 (available Wednesday’s in the Lincoln Office) or mobile: 07919 896505

or via email: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

For more information on the Full Circle Project please check out: http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html

Cannon Hill People’s Park celebrates their Victorian Open Weekend with a spot of archive film!


Last weekend, Saturday 18th- Sunday 19th June, the Cannon Hill People’s Park put on yet again another fantastic community event! The film was another excellent opportunity to screen some of the archive film found by MACE’s Full Circle Project relating to areas such as Balsall Heath and also Cannon Hill Park in an open air environment.

Cannon Hill People’s Park Friends joined with the Adult Services of Conductive Education in Birmingham to pay tribute to the Victorian Ms Louisa Ryland whose gave Cannon Hill Park in 1873 as well as many other gifts to the Town of her birth.
A history detectives house exhibition by the Park friends, with local history groups in Victorian dress brought the history of Birmingham’s Victorian social scene alive.  A MACE Full Circle Project archive film shows in the garden featured life in the local areas and Cannon Hill Park from the 1930s to 1970s, which people enjoyed with the Victorian Tea Tent, croquet, plant and bric a brac stalls. Throughout the weekend the Mayor and People of Birmingham learned more about their City benefactor, the Park and open natural spaces, as well as her Victorian Villa house, with tours featuring the wonderful restoration work undertaken since the Council handed it over to the Conductive Education Institute, as well as the domestic quarters in the roof and cellars which could be seen in the original state.
Tony Fox, Chair of Cannon Hill Peoples Park
 
 “‘Who do you think we are?’ is a Peoples Park Video with the range of encounters with Victorian Birmingham in Cannon Hill Park House, once home of Louisa Ryland the Town and peoples benefactor. From health and breathing places, investment in people to supporting parks and local business, thousands of Park visitors over the Open House and Garden Weekend 18-18 June enjoyed Victorian Tea and Plants marquues, archive film shows, tours of the Grade 1 house restoration by it Conductive Education Adult Services owners, and another enjoyable day in Cannon Hill Park courtesy of Park Friends and community history alive groups.
Further local living heritage activities in the Park over ArtsFest and Heritage Open Week 8-11 Sep 2011. Details: Peoples Park Events cannonhillfriend@aol.com
www.cannonhillpeoplespark.net

MACE’s Full Circle Project Helps Cannon Hill Park put the Spring into Festival with archive film screening.


Last weekend Tony Fox and Friends of Cannon Hill Park held their Spring Countryside Fair at ‘Birmingham’s Premier Peoples Park’.
Over 10,000 people showed up over the course of the weekend to enjoy the many festivities taking place throughout the parks 215 acres.

To help the Cannon Hill Full Circle Group promote their search for film and home-movies at the event, MACE’s Phil Leach kindly put together a compilation capturing how changes in the environment have effected Cannon Hill Park and the surrounding areas over the years.

Tony Fox, Chair of The Cannon Hill People’s Park said:

“The 2 new ‘Peoples Park Films’ screen titles from the MACE Archive were a great hit – reaching distinct ‘village green’ audiences from Selly Oak/Stirchley as well as Moseley/Balsall Heath surrounding the City Park.”

You can watch a couple of short films from the Spring Festival here:  


For people who missed the film screenings, you can go along to the Heritage Open House Detectives Weekend (Cannon Hill House 18-19 June as part of Moseley Open Gardens weekend walkabout), who are also offering a film curtain raiser for local community meetings. Special audience screenings are also being arranged for City Parks Staff, or possibly Neighbourhood Office Team gatherings, Libraries seeking new purpose, local schools and community summer events – all promising to raise awareness of the imprtance of preserving our filmed ‘home-movie’ heritage.

“Altogether a good catch from the a-MACEing archive studios…”

If you have any old cine film or moving image materials, home-movies, relating to Cannon Hill Park or the surrounding area, please get in touch with Full Circle on 0116 252 5931 or email Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Curator on lk99@le.ac.uk.

Film Showing Tonight! Balsall Heath Local History Society joins hunt for Midlands Home Movies!


Downton Family - William Edward Street, Balsall Heath - Back-to-Back Houses

Balsall Heath Local History Society

Tonight there will be a MACE Full Circle Film Screening of ‘Balsall Heath on Film’ at The Balsall Heath Local History Society group AGM meeting . The screening will commence at around 7:30pm and will take place at: 

St. Paul’s Community Development Trust
Hertford Street
Balsall Heath
B12 8NJ

Tel: 0121 464 4376

Downton Family - William Edward Street, Balsall Heath - one of the many films found by the Full Circle Project that has now been digitised and put back into the Balsall Heath Community.

Chris Sutton – Development Worker for Balsall Heath Local History Society, has invited along a MACE Full Circle Curator, Lucie Kerley, to talk about the Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project and explain why it is so important that the screen heritage of the Midlands is preserved for future generations. 

Watch this Central Television clip taken from Here and Now programme 239 : Minority ethnic magazine programme. This week: The Balsall Heath is Beautiful campaign; the Afro Caribbean dance group Kokuma; and an interview with the playwright Caryl Phillips.

http://www.macearchive.org/Archive/Title/here-and-now-programme-239/MediaEntry/907.html 

 

Balsall Heath & Highgate - Past & Present Project

The Society was founded in 1979 with the aim of promoting interest in local history.

There is usually someone in on Mondays, which is the day the Family History/ Genealogy workshops are held in the computer suite.

The Society is based in The Venture on Malvern Street. It has a part-time Development Worker (Chris Sutton) and has an on-site Archive of memorabilia and artefacts.

Over the years the Society has achieved considerable success, working with schools and community groups, organising exhibitions and events, collecting resources and producing its own publications.

The Society also has a regular monthly meeting with guest speakers. More on these can be found on the Society Website

The 30 minute Balsall Heath on Film compilation will also be reshown at The Balsall Heath Carnival on 2nd July, and also at The Balsall Heath Church Centre on the 7th July.

For more information on how you can get involved with the Full Circle Project check out:

http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html