Vintage films screened at Ashbourne U3A

Katie and Sarah enjoy watching the archive footage with their grandmother Audrey

A grand meeting of 13 groups of the U3A (University of the Third Age) came along to Ashbourne to watch the films of Mr Wright and Mr Ratcliffe – this is an extra special collection of films dating back to the 1930s about the village of Kniveton and surrounding area, including Ashbourne.

Members of the Ashbourne group – U3A

These 8mm cine films (over 70 reels) are now carefully stored at the MACE climatically controlled archive at the University of Lincoln. MACE has made copies onto DVD for the local community to share  as part of the lottery funded Full Circle project which re-unites people with their screen heritage.



Film screening of 1930s footage, Ashbourne Friday 7th September, St Oswald’s Church Hall 2.30pm

Scene from the archive film show – Kniveton farming

Come along for a real treat and a trip down memory lane. We will be screening this long lost footage of scenes in and around the village of Kniveton and Ashbourne in Derbyshire.

Stacking the hay – Kniveton 1930s

These films are from the Wright/Ratcliffe collection and date from the 1930s. Shot by Wilfred Ratcliffe, the chauffeur to Mr Wright, they cover the summers of 1935 – 1939 and are a fascinating insight into village life.

This screening is being shown as part of the U3A calendar of events. Please come along and show your support  – all welcome.

Fascinating old footage found of 1930s Kniveton in Derbyshire

Do you know this person?

This Sunday at Kniveton Village Hall we will be bringing alive old memories of Kniveton in Derbyshire and hoping to identify some of the characters featured in the film. This film collection was found by Peter Frost and was shot by his grandfather Wilfred Ratcliffe in the 1930s. Wilfred was the chauffeur to the Wright family of Kniveton.

We hope to identify some of the people featured in the film…..

This is a fascinating collection of 8mm cine film shot in and around Kniveton and shows scenes of old farming practices and machinery. Shot just before the war the summer was perfect for using scythes to cut hay, making haystacks and threshing. There are scenes shot in the hay meadows of workers drinking tea after a hard day’s work, the village post mistress, the village fete and Kniveton Jubilee shot in 1939. Other footage includes lively scenes of Ashbourne Shrovetide Football match and Stanley Matthews throwing the ball in the 1970s.

Farming film found at Lambley Heritage Day Full Circle Film screening……

Lambley History Group held a successful Heritage Day and Full Circle film screening on Saturday 8th October in the Village Hall
any members and local residents turned up to see the exhibition of old photographs and archive film.  MACE/Full Circle curated a nostalgic collection of films about old Nottingham and Arnold featuring an Arnold wedding from the 1930s as a  highlight of the screening.

Roger and John sort out the technical side of the film screening....

A good local crowd turned up to watch the archive footage

The archive film was complimented by an exhibition of old photographs put together by Lambley History society and members of the public helped identify some of the people shown in the photographs.As a result of the ‘call out’ for films, two people brought along their films to be deposited with the Full Circle project. These will be copied onto DVD for the owners and Lambley History Society so that another film screening day can be organised and the films shared with the community.

John Hardy deposits his film with Full Circle

We are all fascinated by film that John Hardy deposited. John wasn’t really sure what was on it but the brief title on the can indicates the 8mm cine film is about the Hardy farming family, floods, sheepdogs working sheep, milking and the Savages Garden Party.

John Scott with the film he found featuring a local haulage lorry and Lambley carnival parade

No event would be complete without a nice cup of tea!If you have any films or moving image that you would like to share with the community please contact Kay Ogilvie senior curator for Full Circle on We are interested in midlands related footage and may be able to make copies onto DVD for the owner depending on the quality of the original film.

Plough to Plate Gallery at Worcestershire County Museum

The Worcestershire Country Museum opened the fourth of its new galleries, Plough to Plate,  on 17th October to coincide with their Country Festival event, and we have provided a series of films on agriculture that can be seen by visitors on a specially produced DVD.

Dairy making tools on display at the Plough to Plate gallery

The museum has been undergoing redevelopment of all its permanent galleries with a view to making the exhibitions more relevant to their visitors by using themes about the county of Worcestershire.  Plough to Plate is based on the agriculture of the county, before mechanisation. 

The gallery is called Plough to Plate as it begins with a ploughman’s lunch. Each piece of food on the plate relates to a different type of farming or growing in Worcestershire:

Bread → Arable farming

Apple → Orchard fruits

Salad →  Market gardening

Butter and Cheese →Dairy farming

Flagon of Beer → Hop Growing.

Each type of food has a small area in the gallery where it is investigated further. There are lots of objects in the gallery and plenty of interactive elements  so that visitors can get  involved.  For example you can turn the butter churn, make jigsaws and discover the meaning of Worcestershire agricultural words, smell the smells of a hop yard, and listen to audios of  local people talking about their experience of farm work before and during mechanisation.

Market Gardening area of the Plough to Plate gallery

As part of the gallery, visitors can watch an 8 minute film featuring some of the  areas of farming and growing on display in the gallery. You can also watch some of these films online. Click the links below to view:

Midlands News: 20.09.1962: Hop Picking

ATV Today: 29.9.1965: Hop Picking

ATV Today: 26.05.1965: Asparagus Farming

Midlands News: 02.11.1967: Horse Ploughing

For more information on Worcestershire County Museum, visit their official website here

Full Circle Project’s hunt for hidden home-movies takes over the Midlands!

MACE's Full Circle Project Technician - Andrew Jenkins sets up the Flash Transfer equipment to copy 16mm film.

Map of the Midlands showing which areas we currently have groups participating in the Full Circle Project.

In just 149 days… the 5 months that MACE’s (The Media Archive for Central England)  Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project has been running, Senior Curator – Kay Ogilvie and I have covered a HUGE expanse of the Midlands region. With the help of local history and community groups spread throughout the East and West Midlands we have received a fantastic response to the project.

MACE Director James Patterson uses the Steenbeck to view one of the reels of 16mm film found during the Full Circle Project.


MACE Viewing Room - Steenbeck.

 The way that people from all areas of the Midlands have stepped in to help uncover the hidden screen heritage relating to their own communities has been phenomenal.

MACE's Cataloguer, Researcher and Programmer Phil Leach compiles footage for screening events which groups can hold to help promote their film search

In just the short space of time that the project has been running, with the help of these local groups we have uncovered 33 collections of film, with more collections popping their heads up each week.

Just this morning we received another collection of film found by The Brixworth History Society in Northamptonshire through the MACE office door.

A mixture of Super 8 & Std 8mm home-movie cinefilms

Instructions found in one of the film boxes for setting up the projector for family film showings.

The collection belongs to Mr. Rod King of Brixworth and comprises of 4 large 400ft reels of Std 8mm and Super 8mm cinefilm. I look forward to speaking to Mr King and finding out more about his films and how he feels about having them copied into a digital format that he and his family will be able to enjoy. Watch this space for more information on the Rod King Collection.



Moving image material found during the Full Circle Project's search is brought into the archive and then assessed for both cultural and historical relevance to the Midlands region. Here you can see a shot from a piece of 8mm film found by the Belbroughton History Society during their search - the film, which belongs to the Hadley's, is a 1950's farming scene.


Due to the brilliant response of groups wishing to participate in Full Circle’s search we have now almost reached our 60 group target, but are still looking for groups and are also interested in working with schools – particularly in the areas on the map that haven’t yet been covered – don’t worry if you still wish to join or have some film you wish to get copied, we are compiling a reserve list for groups to join in stage two.

Our hope is that more and more communities will be reunited with films and home-movies found in their area. Local screenings of footage found during the group’s search will take place throughout the project.

For more information please contact: Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Project Curator on 0116 252 5931 or 07919 896 505 or email:

MACE's Head of Access and Learning: Richard Shenton - We hope to connect material found throughout the Full Circle Project with Schools in the Midlands area.


The Media Archive for Central England is the public sector moving image archive for the East and West Midlands. This means our focus is on moving images held on film, video, DVD or any other carrier that relate in some way to the Midlands.

Our primary roles are to provide:

  1. A place where these materials can be preserved
  2. Opportunities for the communities of the Midlands and beyond to experience and enjoy them
  3. An information hub for all things relating to moving images in the Midlands

MACE is a non-profit making company limited by guarantee (no. 3172021) and an independent registered charity (no. 1100890). As such we are governed by a board of directors who are also trustees of the charity.

As a public sector archive MACE receives public money primarily through EM Media and Screen WM although we do have additional income streams.

MACE is a small organisation with eight members of staff.

MACE is part of a network of public sector moving image archives, which, between them collect, preserve and making accessible the national film collections of the UK.

MACE's Business & Commercial Development Manager: Emma Morley

Archives in the network adhere to a recognised set of principles and standards and are defined as:

Repositories for the custody and preservation of and access to the history of our times as recorded on film, videotape and other moving image formats. Such archives contain works made by amateur and professional producers for cinema, television and other purposes. These archives encompass the history and culture of moving image media and respect the integrity of the works above any commercial or short term exploitation. These institutions operate on a “not for profit” basis.

The complete network comprise the core membership of the UK Film Archive Forum, whose web site contains further information about the wider sector. You may also wish to find out more about the UK public film archives by visiting Moving History, which was created as an introduction to the sector.

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