WINTER OFFER – FINAL CHANCE TO BUY!


It’s the 12th December, it’s under two weeks until Christmas, and it’s also the last day of our 12 day only offer!

We’re sad to have to close the offer, but all good things must come to an end. There is, however, still plenty of time today to grab yourself a little last minute taste of nostalgia. The offer will close at midnight tonight, so get a copy or two of Midlands on Film while it is at a low low price of just £5.

If you have been keeping up with our blog throughout the last 12 days, you would’ve seen our featured posts for each DVD, but if not, or if you just wanted a refresher, these are the DVD’s we are offering.

Rebuilding Coventry; a film featuring the county flourishing and growing after a devastating WW2 bombing.

Made in Leicester; charming footage including a look into the history of Britain’s Favourite Market, narrated by Leicester’s own Rosemary Conley CBE.

Regenerating Birmingham; includes the journey of Herbert Manzoni and his journey to create a modern metropolis

Footprints in the Sand: Holidays on the Lincolnshire Coast; charming footage, both amateur and professional, of the Lincolnshire Coast we know and love today.

Worcestershire on Film; features historic footage of Winston Churchill’s visit to Worcester, and also the newly discovered letters between Churchill and the city’s mayor from 1945.

Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District; a delightful look into the beauty that is The Peak District, and also some historic moments in the National Park.

Shropshire Lives; features a glimpse into the traditions of the rural county of Shropshire, also a look into the history of Much Wenlock and its link with the Olympic Games.

Snobs and Clowns: Northamptonshire on Film; a variety of films ranging from a news clip of British Formula One racing Driver Jim Clark as he takes a drive on the newly resurfaced track at Silverstone, to a 1965 documentary by Anglia Television.

Also, as a special, previously sold out treat, we are offering made to order copies of Nottingham on Film; a charming look into the growth of Nottingham’s Goose Fair, and also a glimpse into the opening of the Nottingham Playhouse and building work at the new Victoria Centre.

Midlands on Film

If you’re still after a copy of any of these films, you can purchase online at the MACE website or, you can order via telephone by calling MACE on 01522 837750.

 

WINTER OFFER – BIRMINGHAM


It’s only the fifth day of our Winter Offer, so there’s still plenty of time to grab yourself a copy or two from Midlands on Film collection, an amazing gift for anyone at Christmas time! Why not start at the rebuilding of Birmingham, to create the city we know and love today?

Regenerating Birmingham offers an insight into the journey taken by Birmingham’s city engineer Herbert Manzoni and his team of architects and builders, and their quest to transform the centre of Birmingham from a bastion of Victorian elegance and civic pride into a thoroughly modern metropolis, through the most ambitious and radical building projects the city had ever experienced.

In the process Manzoni picked up the gauntlet of housing Birmingham’s citizens in homes ‘fit for heroes’ and set about eradicating remnants of the notorious ‘back-to-back’ houses and yards that blighted the life of the city’s poorest.
Regenerating Birmingham also includes a series of films made at the time by the city’s Public Works Department as well as regional news reports from ATV. Expert opinion is provided by well-known Birmingham historian, Carl Chinn MBE, chair of Community History at the University of Birmingham.
Using a selection of films preserved at MACE, Mike Mason charts the progress of this seemingly impossible mission and acknowledges the spirit and intentions of this noble and necessary project, that was to become the focus of so much negativity in the closing decades of the last millennium.
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To purchase this DVD in our 12 day only offer of £5, you can purchase online at the MACE website or, you can order via telephone by calling MACE on 01522 837750.

A New Way of Seeing – Time Limited Online Screenings Streamed on MACE’s Blog – Screening 3: The Sporting Midlands


A new concept for the Media Archive for Central England (MACE)…

…Time limited online screenings streamed at www.macearchive.wordpress.com

 

In the coming months MACE will ‘screen’ a series of ten themed compilation films here on our blog. Each themed compilation will stream online for 4 weeks.

 

A New Way of Seeing Screening 3:

‘Venue’: www.macearchive.wordpress.com

Commenced: Wednesday 22nd August 2012 at 3pm

Closes: Wednesday 19th September 2012 at 5pm

Title: The Sporting Midlands

Description:

While the country celebrates the success of the London Olympic Games we look back to the Midlands history of the games. From the birthplace of the modern games at Much Wenlock in Shropshire to the games that never were: ‘Birmingham 1992’ which aimed to put the Midlands forward as the true centre of the Olympic ideal. The compilation includes interviews with some of the UK’s sporting greats from the 1980s, Tessa Sanderson, Geoff Capes and Sebastian Coe.

 

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

A New Way of Seeing – Time Limited Online Screenings Streamed on MACE’s Blog – Screening 2: Bits Stuck Anywhere: The Decline of BSA and the Birmingham Motorcycle Industry


A new concept for the Media Archive for Central England (MACE)…

…Time limited online screenings streamed at www.macearchive.wordpress.com

 

In the coming months MACE will ‘screen’ a series of ten themed compilation films here on our blog. Each themed compilation will stream online for 4 weeks.

A New Way of Seeing Screening 2:

‘Venue’: http://www.macearchive.wordpress.com

Commenced: Thursday 9th August 2012

Closes: Friday 7th September at 5pm

Title: Bits Stuck Anywhere: The Decline of BSA and the Birmingham Motorcycle Industry

Description:

How did the Midlands’ once mighty motorcycle industry decline into industrial turmoil and eventual collapse?  Using archive film from the MACE collection we will travel from the post-war boom years of mass produced motorcycles to the 1970s when motorcycle giant BSA faced closure and the eventual ignominy of a public auction of its assets.  Perhaps the school boys were right and BSA did stand for Bits Stuck Anywhere….This sales decline is contrasted with glorious footage of the riders in action: the Midlands’ own leather jacked clad ‘ton-up boys’ taking to the streets of Birmingham and Leicester when the only motorcycles that mattered were made in Britain.

Another Evocative & Thought Provoking Trip Down Memory Lane @_The_Public with Cipher’s Past Lives Tour.


The Public, West Bromwich.

Last Friday I attended another fantastic screening of Cipher’s Past Lives Music to Archive film performance, this time taking place at The Public, in West Bromwich. It was a wonderful opportunity for members of the surrounding West Midlands communities to come and see some of the home-movie film gems that have been found by the Full Circle groups from across the East and West Midlands.


“We all really enjoyed Friday evening’s performance.  You had done an amazing job with the film, touching, amusing, evocative in turns, with some beautiful faces, and really summoning up what it was to live in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.   The music provided a terrific backdrop, really enhancing what was on the screen by creating just the right atmosphere.”
Sarah Bradley, Full Circle Depositor

The Public’s Past Lives audience were treated to poetic family scenes from the 1950s to 70s, shots of Balsall Heath William Edward Street, Woodside, Dudley, The Black Country, Town Sparrows, Percy Thrower Gardens in Edgbaston, Hop Farming in Herefordshire, a trip to the East Midlands coast, kamikaze motorcycles, and much much more.

All accompanied by Cipher’s specially composed live musical score.

If you’ve not yet managed to attend a Past Lives event, then try and pop down to:

  • 7 July Derby – The Quad, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS (01332 290606) derbyquad.co.uk
  • 8 July Cromford – Gothic Warehouse, The Arkwright Society, Cromford Mills, Mill Lane, DE4 3RQ (01629 823256) arkwrightsociety.org.uk + Workshop
  • 19 July Stamford Arts Centre – 27 St. Marys Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL (01780 763 203) stamfordartscentre.com

Watch this space for a Manchester date in September too!

Cipher’s Dave Sturt and Theo Travis with Full Circle Depositor Sarah Bradley and her brother Robert, whose father Christopher Whitcombe’s family films are one of many to play a big part in the Past Lives Performance.

A scene from The Whitcombe Family Film Collection that has been digitised by MACE’s, Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle film search project.

Photography © Lucie Kerley

Attention Midlander’s! Don’t Forget 2pm tomorrow: Walsall Sea Scouts Archive Film Screening @ The Crossing, Walsall Tickets £3.50


                                          3RD  WALSALL  SEA  SCOUTS  PRESENTS          

     THE  KINESCOUT  PRODUCTIONS  1929  –  1957

   BY  SARG  (LEONARD  STANLEY) 

Tickets £3.50 and all proceeds will go to Walsall Sea Scouts.

 

With help from MACE’s Heritage Lottery funded Full Circle Project plus some Government funding a set of old films have been restored and put onto DVD in order that they may be shown to members of the public at St Pauls the Crossing Walsall on Tuesday 17th April at 2pm.

The footage includes a 30 minute long synopsis of a feature film “Haunted  Harbour” inCops and Robbers” using members of the 3rd Walsall Sea Scouts to act out comical scenes. The script for this particular film was written by the nationally renowned Boys Book author and friend of Lord Baden Powell Percy Westerman.

Although supposedly depicting scenes from other parts of the country, all the filming was done in Walsall and it will be apparent to a local audience that the end of the Bridge at Potter Heigham is actually the White Heart Hotel in Caldmore!  There are also scenes shot in and around the old Sister Dora Hospital.

Interesting fact: Did you know the Walsall Sea Scouts were part of the team that organised the 1948 Olympic Sailing Team. 

It is not only a record of what our young Walsall people were doing in the mid 1900`s but an historical record of things of popular interest and an insight to some of the thoughts on how modern technology might be developed in the future (our time now) all with a comic turn! 

The films themselves will be stored from now on at MACE in their humidity and temperature controlled archive store, as they are considered to be of historical interest.

Photography © Lucie Kerley