Walsall Sea Scouts Archive Film Screening @ The Crossing


                                          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.

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

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

Balsall Heath Full Circle film find turns back time for local residents.


At the end of May this year, I had the pleasure of presenting the Full Circle Project to members of  the Balsall Heath Local History Society.

We started the evening showing a short film that had recently been found after the Full Circle Project was featured on Central News.

The film, shot by the Downton Family of Balsall Heath, shows their home on William Edward Street in Balsall Heath. One of the many back to back terraced houses that were demolished around 30 years ago when Balsall Heath was redeveloped.

The film was a fantastic opportunity for members of the history society to see Balsall Heath in Moving Image and also in some cases colour footage too.  

Downton Family - William Edward Street, Balsall HeathFrankie Downton Collection. Home-movie - William Edward Street, Balsall Heath. Back-to-Back houses

A rarity I believe, as it wasn’t common for families to own luxury items such as cine-cameras as I was told by members of Balsall Heath History Society. The compilation, thoughtfully put together by MACE Programme Curator Phil Leach, consisted of ATV Today and Midlands News footage dating back to 1965 and showed the effects of immigration and ‘slum’  housing on the lives of local residents.  [ATV Today: 29.03.1971: Balsall Heath Slum – Report regarding Shelter criticism of Vincent Crescent, Balsall Heath in Birmingham. Interview with residents about the conditions.] http://www.macearchive.org/Archive/Title/atv-today-29031971-balsall-heath-slum/MediaEntry/15719.html

The Balsall Heath Local History Society have recently launched their Digital Balsall Heath Website, funded by the Heritage Lottery,  which will allow  people to interact with the material relating to Balsall Heath more extensively. Check out: http://www.digitalbalsallheath.org.uk/ for more information.

With people looking back at their own family history being so popular right now, we urge people to get check their lofts or cupboards, even garages for any old film collections that might hold key information about our Midlands Heritage.

If you have any film relating to Balsall Heath or the surrounding area please contact:

Chris Sutton – Balsall Heath LHS Development Worker – 0121 464 1890 – chris.sutton@stpaulstrust.org.uk

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

Come revel in a little community nostalgia of times-gone-by at Cawley Hall, Eye at the Full Circle Film screening on Saturday, 25th June


“NORTH HEREFORDSHIRE REPRESENTED IN FULL CIRCLE’S FILM SEARCH.”

Frank Dale used his cine-camera to capture local events in and around Leominster from 1953 onwards.

On Saturday, 25th June, the North Herefordshire Full Circle group invites you to a MACE introductory screening of locally found films shot by people in the Leominster and North Herefordshire area at Cawley Hall, Eye, 4 miles from Leominster.

Cawley Hall, Eye near Leominster. © Copyright Richard Webb and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The screening will include examples of the type of film footage that has already been donated to MACE and explain the importance of preserving these previously unseen gems.

Full Circle is a 3 year Heritage Lottery Funded project run by MACE, The Media Archive for Central England. Full Circle will support local history societies and other organisations in finding, identifying and using film and video for the benefit of their community. The North Herefordshire Group are one of the many community organisations/ history groups helping Full Circle as they embark upon a search for Midlands related moving image materials, such as film, tape or videos hidden away in the community.

 

The Cawley Hall bar will be open from 6:30pm and the film screening will commence at 7:30pm and go on until around 9:30pm with a 30 minute break in-between for refreshments. Tickets cost £5 on the door or £4 with a Truffle Card.

Over the 12 past months the MACE archive (The Media Archive for Central England) has worked alongside over 60 community organisations, museums & history groups to search for old film hidden in their community to find material that relates to their local heritage.

Anita Syers-Gibson, along with the help of the North Herefordshire group have so far unearthed a vast amount of film that shows life from the 1930s to the 1980s. Many of you may know the Dale family, and many of you may indeed remember Frank Dale himself carrying around a cine-camera, capturing local life, agricultural events, shows and also family moments.

Anita said about Full Circle: “It’s been a very exciting project and the collections we have found so far have been full of surprises!”

You may also be familiar with The Baldwin family of Eye whose grandfather Sir Archer Baldwin, Former MP for Leominster, travelled to Africa, capturing those moments on film to bring back and share with his family. There is also a selection of footage from the June Lloyd Collection, showing family life on the farm and other local Leominster events from the 60s to the 80s.

Some of you may even recognise yourselves, your family or friends in the films shown. It is a chance for us all to celebrate the fact that these 3 collections, out of the 115 that have been found so far, can now be shared and continued to be enjoyed by generations for years to come.

If you feel that you may have some old reels of film, tape or home videos that may be of interest to Full Circle’s search, that relate to the heritage of the Midlands, please get in touch with: Anita Syers-Gibson on 01568 615836

 

 Additional information concerning the Full Circle Group’s and their progress with the Full Circle search can be found at www.macearchive.org or follow our success stories at the MACELive Blog: www.macearchive.wordpress.com

Happy 1st Birthday Full Circle Project!!


Sharon & John Naylor were the first people to deposit their father, Fred Naylor's, cinefilm collection with the Full Circle Project

After only 12 months working on MACE’s Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project we have successfully exceeded the project’s target of engaging 60 communities from across the Midlands.

Amblecote History Society call out for hidden film gems in local community Newspaper

We currently have 70 organisations involved in the project, carrying out film searches, screenings and publicity events and raising awareness of the heritage value of film.

So far we have enlisted the help of over 250 fantastic volunteers who have helped in our search for film. We have reached over 2300 people at our screening events that have taken place over the past 12 months with lots more group activities & events planned throughout 2011.

Full Circle volunteers bake cakes for local history society’s film screening

We have reached the amazing total of 115 people depositing film with the MACE archive, amounting to over 900 reels of film. Some of the depositors collections consist of 1 reel while our largest collection consists of 111 reels of film.

Diana Smith and Roger Dale visit MACE to deposit their father, Frank Dale's, cinefilm collection

A selection of films from the Frank Dale collection

Without the grant from the Heritage Lottery to employ and support the project staff, this could not have happened. MACE’s Full Circle Cataloguer, Catherine English, has been working closely with depositors and groups to glean as much information about the collections as possible in order to contextualise the films ready for sharing with people on the online catalogue.

MACE’s Full Circle Cataloguer, Catherine English

Full Circle Technician, Andrew Jenkins, has been busy digitising the old footage into a new accessible format. Andrew and the MACE team are constantly improving the transfer process to get the best possible copy from the material so that the original can be preserved in archival conditions at MACE.

Full Circle Project InformationAudience members at Belbroughton Primary School's Saturday Full Circle Screening event eagerly await the showing of local archive films.

Mr & Mrs Every at the Full Circle Screening event at Belbroughton Primary School

Bill Every and his wife were also in attendance to sit back and reminisce as a selection of films from their own collection was shown at the Belbroughton screening.

By the end of the project in 2013, we will have generated more activity, engaged more volunteers, involved more schools, held more events and uncovered more remarkable material illuminating our community heritage than any of the targets we set ourselves in the project.

A film still from the John Instance Collection of a Police march through Selly Park

Having created publicity packs and toolkits we work in the community with local groups supporting the local film search activity and passing on the knowledge and skills required to help to assess and work with the material.

By continuing to help to arrange local screenings of footage found or its use in local schools, the project enables people to engage with and enjoy their screen heritage and this engagement is already beginning to generate new activity and spin off projects.

Cannon Hill Park Full Circle Group hold a screening of local archive film at their Spring FestivalFull Circle Depositor Keith Hogkins brings his Tipton cinefilm collection with him to the Full Circle film Screening event at The Public

We are currently working with the Nottinghamshire YMCA Century of Youth Project http://www.ymcadigital.com – a new film project exploring the lives of young people in the East Midlands over the last 100 years, BBC Reel History Project, Wolverhampton Archives, The Ring of Villages Centenary Project, Kings Norton Girls School Centenary, Leamington Spa Museum & Art Gallery and many many more – helping them to discover their screen heritage.

Full Circle and YMCA Century of Youth Film project - preparing to interview older members of the community

Stills taken from a film of Radford Semele, near Leamington SpaRadford Semele film

Full Circle Depositor Joanne Probert was delighted to have her cinefilm collection digitised by MACE's Full Circle Project and has now shared the results with her daughters family in Australia.

The project blog https://macearchive.wordpress.com/  (and Twitter) have been really successful in putting disparate groups in contact with each other, sharing information, good practice and successes so far. The engagement of the BBC and the broadcast of some of the material found in the project has generated further activity and comment.

Tipton Harriers Centenary Celebration Full Circle Screening EventThe Tipton Harriers on film

Finally, have a look at some of the clips that are now available to watch on http://www.macearchive.org from the fabulous selection of home-movies found by Full Circle so far. http://www.macearchive.org/Archive/Title/bruckshaw-glossop-carnival/MediaEntry/40725.html

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

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

A big thank you to all involved from Kay and Lucie.

May the search go on!

Ready! Steady! Go! A 1953 Appleford Steam Traction Engine Race film goes Full Circle!


Over the past 12 months that the MACE Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project has been running, many wonderful film collections have passed through our doors and this 16mm B/W film by David H. Jones & Charles Alrdidge was no exception. The film has recently been digitally copied using our Flash Transfer equipment and put onto DVD so that it can be watched once more by David Jone & Charles Aldridge, the National Traction Engine Trust and Steam Traction Engine enthusiasts around the world.

I asked David to tell me a little more about the Appleford Races film, which was found by the Belbroughton History Society Full Circle Group, and asked him how it was made.

Appleford Races: Produced by David H. Jones and Charles Aldridge in 1953

This film was made as a programme filler for the Fourfold Film Unit’s annual public show, but the society disbanded soon after and their next show was never held. As a result, very few have ever seen this film and it has never been shown to any audience of more than about a dozen people.

 

Understanding the motives behind making this film requires an explanation of the overall situation of amateur film making at that time. Although the majority of ciné cameras were used for making casual personal records, there was a significant minority who were interested in making proper films. Besides individuals, there were a number of groups and societies who showed and discussed their members’ films and often made films as a group. I joined one these – Fourfold Film Unit – in 1948 and remained with it until it was disbanded in 1954. Their activities included an annual public show, held in Golders Green, north London, which provided the main audience for their work.

 

Major amateur productions generally ran for about 20 – 30 minutes and in one year a society rarely made more than two. Attracting a paying audience of two or three hundred required a programme of about two hours, so the main films had to be supported by a number of shorter films from individual members. Every year there was a demand for such programme fillers and no matter what film we shot following our own interests, we kept this outlet in mind.

 

Early in 1953 I heard that a traction engine rally had been held the previous year, with such success that a second one was planned. It was actually called a traction engine race, because they really did race the engines! I told Charles Aldridge, another member of the society, and we agreed that it might be worth using a reel or two of film on it.

At that time, preserving traction engines was widely seen as very eccentric behaviour, but as we saw it as saving valuable historic relics we had more sympathy with it. If they were kept in working order and steamed occasionally, so much the better, but holding a race for machines which were never intended to travel fast, even by the standards of their day – no, we could not take that seriously.

 

That settled the general tone of the film; it had to be comic. Beyond that, we had no idea how the event would be run, so we could not script anything; all we could do was to shoot whatever seemed useful as it happened. Our film would have to be short for it would be a comedy based on one joke; the incongruity of racing such machines at all.

 

We met in pouring rain at the rally ground on a farm at Appleford (just north of Didcot) with two cameras and 200 feet of film. Despite the weather, there was a good crowd and about 20 engines. We saw about four more arrive and get stuck in the mud at the entrance until other engines winched them out. There was a brass band (who played in a tent all day), a refreshment tent, and even two bookmakers!

 

We found the organiser and learnt the plan of activities, then separated and shot what we chose independently. We met two newsreel cameramen with 35mm Newman Sinclairs but we kept out of each other’s way and I never learnt who they worked for.

 

The event was planned to begin with a celebrity dropping the starting flag for a grand parade of all the engines in a mass start with a run up the field and back again. Following this, engines were displayed by being driven about as their drivers chose until early in the afternoon, when the races were organised.

 

Engines raced in pairs, up the field and back, and were successively eliminated.

The film was constructed out of the material we gathered, following the general plan of establishing the event as a race meeting, avoiding any hint of the nature of the competitors. This was only revealed after the flag was dropped. The mass start was presented as the start of the race and from then on it was edited to appear as a race up the field and back which separated them, leaving just two in the competition at the end.

 

We then decided the final part needed more variety, so we shot some staged cut-aways of a group of cheering spectators. These were taken at an unrelated event at a park in Hendon. We filled the first part with titles in an attempt to parody the newsreel commentator trying to build up excitement, even though there is little to be seen that is exciting. It would have been better with a voice, but sound was difficult then and not justified for a very minor film like this.

We wanted an independent judgement on the result so we entered it for Amateur Ciné World ‘Ten Best’ competition. We knew it was not in the same class as the usual winners, but we were surprised when it gained a Three Star rating (highly commended). However, that was the only comment on it we ever received, for it was never seen by its intended audience.

 

We have never known what to do with it. It is not suited to any of the events held now where it would be seen by a general audience. It would seem to be of interest to the traction engine enthusiasts, but there are problems. It is a joke which could not work there, because its whole point is the unexpected appearance of traction engines yet for a traction engine group, that is exactly what they would be expecting. They could show it as an historical record of one of the earliest engine rallies, but with some caution because it was deliberately not made as an accurate record of the event. It shows identifiable working engines, and it shows recognisable people, but it is edited to present a false view of how the event was run.

 

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  • Format           16mm B/W silent 
  • Speed             16 f.p.s.
  • Length           101 feet (4 minutes)
  • Stock              Shot on Kodak 16mm reversal, Gevaert title stock.  Original edited.
  • Show copy     16m reversal print.

Watch the film here: http://www.macearchive.org/Archive/Title/appleford-races/MediaEntry/46037.html

If you have any home-movies relating to the Midlands area please get in touch with us here at MACE to find out about your nearest participating Full Circle Group who are looking for films in your area.
Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Project Curator: Community & Acquisition – 0116 252 5931 or email lk99@le.ac.uk

Saturday 2nd April Collecting Midlands Media Treasures Event at The Public West Bromwich


This Saturday, 2nd April Full Circle Senior Curator – Kay Ogilvie will be at The Public in West Bromwich. This is a special event to celebrate and share rare and unique moving images of The Black Country, jointly hosted by the Media Archive for Central England (MACE) and The Public.

We are looking for groups to join us in the search for film to help unearth some hidden treasures of our screen heritage.

Film and videotape have recorded images that are crucial to our understanding of the last 100 years and home movies especially have the capacity to reveal our way of life like no other records.

Saturday 2 April 2011
6pm – 9pm
Free event
Free refreshments and nibbles

Timetable:

‘The value of collecting Media’
Graham Peet, Exhibitions Manager The Public

‘The Full Circle Film project & how to get involved’
Kay Ogilvie, Senior Curator Full Circle/MACE

Short film screenings of archive footage from the Sandwell archives, Oldbury history society collection, 1960s ITV news items.

Archive extracts from the short film ‘Miracle in West Bromwich’
by Billy Dosanjh

Archive extracts from Malcolm X
by Steve Page

A personal tour of The Public facilities and exhibitions
by Graham Peet

http://www.thepublic.com/events/media-archive-central-england

MACE Volunteer Ria Krause accessions Full Circle female filmmaker collection


Meet our new Volunteer Ria Krause, a Photography & Film Graduate from Edinburgh Napier University.

Ria is currently working at the archive to give the MACE team a helping hand.

By helping to accession  the many new film collections deposited at the archive, Ria will also create receipts for the material which will then be sent out to the depositors and the community groups responsible for finding the collections.

The MACE, Heritage Lottery Funded, Full Circle Project, will run until March 2013 and has so far helped generate a phenomenal amount of interest which has made people aware of the heritage value and importance of preserving film and home-movies created in the Midlands.

On Friday 25th March, Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Curator for Community & Acquisition  and Cal Edwards from Full Circle Group The Mansel Lacy Community Association met with Wyn Preece in Hereford to find out more about her cine-film collection.

The Wyn Preece Collection, is just one of many collections that has been found by a History or Community group over the course of the project, it is quite rare however to find a female film-maker, as we have noticed that the majority of the collections being found were shot by men.

So we are always quite excited to see a collection like this turn up!

The films will be accessioned and preserved at MACE so that future generations can enjoy watching them for years to come.

Wyn Preece, 87,  a former Short-hand Typing & Business Studies Teacher at Hereford Technical College – took up painting when she retired and is now a keen Oil & Watercolour Artist.

Wyn has lived at the Hereford family home since she was 13 years old – the walls are adorned with her beautiful paintings of family members, landscapes and also flowers. Wyn paints from real life and has many attended painting classes over the years as she found great pleasure in art.

When asked how she came to own  a cine-camera Wyn explained that she had always been interested in art and that she saw cinematography as the way forward, and enjoyed filming from an art point of view.

Wyn purchased her camera in the 1960s and along with a fellow female amateur filmmaker friend, now aged 90, would go off and film their outings, their local area, family,  holidays and also games of golf.

Wyn’s collection is just one of many that will be digitised by MACE’s Full Circle Project and copies of the material will be put back into the community to be enjoyed at local screenings, schools and events.

Equiries contact: Lucie Kerley – Curator: Community & Acquisition 

Email: lk99@le.ac.uk Telephone: 0116 252 5931 Mobile: 07919 896505

Photographs © Lucie Kerley