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.
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 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.
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 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!
FREE SCREENINGS AT THE FILM THEATRE College Rd, Stoke-on-Trent
WEDNESDAYS, 7.45pm. Bar open from 7.00pm. Free parking, wheelchair access.
This Wednesday’s free screening by Staffordshire Film Archive is a celebration of The Victoria Theatre, which is 50 years old this month. The event is in collaboration with the Victoria Theatre Archive, housed at StaffordshireUniversity.
From 1962, rare and un-broadcast film of the Vic’s very first musical documentary in 1964 – “The Jolly Potters” – through to this year’s “Our Age, Our Stage” community event, we chart the key developments as captured on film over the years. For more information visit our website:
A not-to-be-missed performance is coming to Holymoorside this Friday as part of the Holymoorside and Walton Arts Festival – as well as a workshop to take part in.
Contact festival office for details and tickets on 01246 567118 or 861997. 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. For tour dates see http://www.cipher.f9.co.uk/ 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.
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!
Photography © Lucie Kerley
The event was attended by a local audience of around 100 people who enjoyed the 2 hour film screening plus interval for a nostalgic natter with tea and biscuit style refreshments!The film was originally shot by Mike and Arthur Turner over 40 years ago and has been digitised by the Media Archive for Central England‘s Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project after a film search event was launched by Roy Murphy of the Droitwich History and Archaeology Society. The aim of the Full Circle Project is to connect Midlands communities with their on screen heritage, and this is exactly what this event was all about!
Kindly organised by the Ombersley Dramatic Society , it allowed members of the local community a chance to revisit life in the 70s and all that it meant to their local area.
A new Bypass!
If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the Midlands region and would like to know how to look after them, please get in touch with us at MACE (Media Archive for Central England) to learn how to preserve them for future generations for years to come.
Tel: 01522 837752
Photography © Lucie Kerley