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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Rare Film of Doe Lea, Derbyshire deposited – how we used to live……


Screen shot captured from Willy Lane’s film of Doe Lea

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).

Children playing marbles

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/

Screen shot from Willy Lane’s Doe Lea film

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

Miners leaving work at Doe Lea Colliery

‘A History of Daventry on Film’ sells out at the iCon centre Daventry…


Local people at the iCon centre Daventry for the archive film screening on Saturday

Angela and David with the James Green collection of 8mm cinefilms that have been deposited with the MACE film archive for preservation and copying. James Green is the owner of ‘Kinema in  the Woods’ at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

The iCon centre is a fantastic venue for an event – with its lovely cafe and outside seating areas as well as the large auditorium with digital screening facilities

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 introduces the film evening…..

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.

David takes a well-earned break from the evening!

The iCon cafe staff were friendly and efficient

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.

Scenes from the 1964 May Day celebration shown to a capacity audience

BBC Radio presenter Martin Heath provided an excellent commentary  for the BBC films and footage of scenes around Daventry in the 1970s

David and Angela Adams and Martin Heath of BBC Radio Northants

The raffle was an excellent way of raising funds for future local events

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


Cipher

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

Full house at The Ritz, Belper, Derbyshire over the weekend Discovery Days Festival screening Full Circle archive films….


Local people queued up on Saturday and Sunday to see the archive films......

What a fantastic weekend of films, walks, tours and lectures we had this weekend in Belper, Derbyshire. The Discovery Days Festival is still running until 30th October so there is still time to catch even more events! For more information visit http://www.derwentvalleymills.org. At The Ritz queues were forming to see the newly discovered films found through the Full Circle project of Belper and surrounding area.

At this lovely independent cinema you can buy home-made cakes!

The films we were screening at the Ritz were a mixture of home-movies and professional footage. Some of the home-movie material had been deposited with the Full Circle project by Stephen Walters and showed scenes in and around Belper during the 1960s.

BBC producer Teresa Mikula (East Midlands Today) talks to Stephen Walters about his film collection which was left to him by his uncle Norman Mellors

Teresa Mikula produces the BBC programme ‘Preserving the Past‘. She has been supporting the Full Circle project  and helping to bring the found footage to a wider audience. She interviewed Stephen about his uncle’s film collection and we will be seeing more of the footage and the interview in the Autumn series. Stephen said about the film screening:

I wouldn’t have missed it for the world! It was lovely to see the films up on the big screen and I’m looking forward to having a copy of my uncle’s film collection to view on DVD

Teresa Mikula, BBC producer of “Preserving the Past” interviews Stephen Walters

The other home-movie footage The Wright/Radcliffe Collection, found through Full Circle featured scenes in and around Ashbourne & Kniveton in the 1930s – this is really rare footage and is quite a big collection – over 90 reels – which is still in the process of being assessed. Our thanks go to Peter Frost who deposited this collection with MACE.

Kay Ogilvie, senior curator for Full Circle introduces the films......

The collection of films shown also included a lovely 1955 British Transport travel guide to Derbyshire, ATV footage of the controversial closure of East Mill Belper in 1986 and a small independent film made in the 1980s about climbing friends ascent of High Tor in Matlock Bath which had the audience on the edge of their seats!

TONIGHT from 7pm!! Come Celebrate Black History Month with @MACEarchive’s Full Circle Project and @The_Drum, Aston with a special screening of archive film and Philip Donnellan’s Controversial Film: The Colony, Bring along any old cine-films!!


Tonight, Wednesday 12th October, The Colony at The Drum

Controversial at the time of its original broadcast, this is a powerful film which explores the lives of Caribbean migrant communities living in Birmingham and the Midlands. Including interviews with Stan Crooke a railway signal man from St Kitts living in Balsall Heath and Bernice Smith a Jamaican teacher working at St James’ Primary School in Handsworth. This screening compliments the launch of the BBC’s ‘Reel History of Britain’ featuring Melvyn Bragg.

by Philip Donnellan

Click on the photo to book tickets!

The Drum are helping our Full Circle Film Search by looking for home-movies, or old cinefilm shot by your relatives that relate to your local area! http://www.the-drum.org.uk/news/full-circle/

MACE’s Full Circle Project pairs up with The Drum to search for home-movies

If you have any old cinefilm or  home-movies relating to the Birmingham, Aston and wider Midlands area and are not sure what to do with them… Bring them along to The Drum this evening and speak to myself, Full Circle Project Curator – Lucie Kerley – email:lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk or call: 07919 896505 if you are interested in hearing about the possibility of digitising this material in order to make it accessible and preserve it for future generations.

http://www.macearchive.org

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

See you there!!

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