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:
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. 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.
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.
Photography © Lucie Kerley
I was delighted to meet up with Willy Lane and Tony Trafford yesterday and look through some of their vast film collection. Willy and Tony have been in the film business for a long time and have accumulated many many reels of film – some of it of great historical interest. They have amongst their collection footage of the early days of Stainsby Folk Festival (1970s) which is now in its 43rd year http://www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk/ and early films of the ex-mining town of Doe Lea in Derbyshire.
Willy and Tony are going to deposit their collection of films with MACE film archive and in return, MACE will digitally transfer these films onto DVD so that local people can view and enjoy seeing them again. Most of their collection is on 16mm film and it has been quite difficult to screen because the old 16mm projector equipment is so big and bulky and obsolete now and is in danger of damaging the original 16mm film. This facility is made possible through the Full Circle/MACE Heritage Lottery funded project.
There are other interesting films in this collection which we have yet to go through, but to give you some idea of what the area is like – have a look at this film made by Friends of the Earth called “Doe Lea: The village that wouldn’t die” on youtube featuring both Willy and Tony:
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.
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.
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.
For tickets, please contact the venues directly.
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
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wolverhampton’s history will be brought to life on film at a special screening of vintage footage this month.
A range of clips stored by MACE, the Media Archive for Central England, will be shown at the Molineux Hotel in Wolverhampton.
The event has been organised by MACE’s Full Circle project curator Kay Ogilvie and Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage Service to raise awareness of the importance of preserving amateur home movies which are seen as vital to the region’s screen heritage.
And amateur film-makers are being inviting to bring along archive footage of their own which could be added to the growing MACE library.
The clips on show at this month’s event will showcase the changing face of Wolverhampton in the 1970s, the town centre as it was in the 1930s and a visit to the iconic Snapes tea shop.
James Patterson, Director of MACE said: “Moving images have been around for over 100 years. They have entertained us and recorded the way we lived throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century.
“Our history is reflected in these images and cultural artefacts and the loss of even a small percentage of them is a loss that we all feel.
Kay said: “If you have any films that are Midlands-related, please bring them along to talk about how best to preserve them. We may be interested in storing them for you in our film archive and making a DVD copy for you.”
The screening, part of the MACE Full Circle project is on Thursday February 16, 2012, from 11.30am-12.30pm, will be free but booking is essential via http://bookwhen.com/wolverhamptonartsandheritage as places are limited. For more information, please call Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies on 01902 551599. Refreshments will also be available on the day.
To find out more about the Media Archive for Central England and to see archive film from Wolverhampton and the Midlands, please visit www.macearchive.org. To find out more about Wolverhampton archives please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk and www.facebook.com/WolverhamptonToday