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.



It’s two weeks until Christmas! If you’re still stuck on what to get a family member or friend, there are still two days left of our Winter Offer, and if you’re after a charming, nostalgic gift then you’re definitely in the right place!

Northamptonshire, a city well known for its shoemaking industry, grew from the rich local countryside that provided cattle for leather manufacturing. Snobs and Clowns chronicles over fifty years of filmmaking in the county through a series of rarely seen and newly restored 20th century films, including a look at British Formula One racing diver Jim Clark taking a drive at a newly resurfaced track at Silverstone in a Triumph Spitfire.

Also amongst these films is Focus on Northampton, a 1965 documentary by Anglia Television which looks at Northampton’s livestock market, theatre, schools, colleges and places of work. It also includes news packages from ATV Today including several films of Northampton’s heritage; skittle making in 1989 and a number of clips of the British Conker Championships in Ashton.

The importance of rural life in the county of “spires and squires” is shown in many of the films in this DVD compilation, from home movies made on a farm in the 1940s, to a thrilling aerial view of the county aboard a plane in 1964.

Snobs and Clowns, researched and edited by Emily Wilczek from the University of Lincoln School of Media, that are preserved at the Media Archive for Central England (MACE).


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.


Snow is one of those things – you love it or you hate it, but there is no doubt that it looks beautiful. If you have ever had the chance to visit The Peak District with a sheet of perfect, untouched snow, you’re lucky enough to experience beauty at its finest. However, with or without snow, The Peak District is simply a beauty in itself…

Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District captures the charm and grace of the spectacular National Park through both professional and amateur footage, enhanced and re-edited for your viewing pleasure.

As well as the sights, of course, through Derbyshire on Film, you are able to relive such historic moments as the flooding of Derwent Village and Ashopton to make way for Ladybower Reservoir, as narrated by ATV’s Gwyn Richards. Some of the images will be familiar to many, such as Dovedale Stepping Stones which have barely changed since 1938, but others provide a ghostly vision of what once was. Hear memories of those who took park in the mass trespass of 1932 and take a charming look back at Chatsworth and Haddon Hall in the 1960’s.

Even keeping on theme with the season, witness the blizzards of 1938 and hear the snow poem by Derbyshire poet Mark Gywnne Jones.

Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District, is produced and edited by acclaimed filmmaker Andy McKay, collaborating with the University of Lincoln’s School of Film and Media, provides old and young alike with a beautiful journey through the equally as beautiful National Park. Anyone who has a passion for the Peak District and Derbyshire will no doubt be tranfixed by some of these rarely seen images which are now released on DVD for many to see and enjoy.

Derbyshire on Film - The Peak District

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.


Only 18 days until Christmas! If you haven’t started Christmas Shopping already, now is a good time to start and what better present to give than the gift of nostalgia?

A county filled to the brim with history and cultural heritage, Worcestershire is a place of rolling countryside’s, rivers, towns, villages and communities rich in manufacturing and farming, from market gardening in the Vale of Evesham to carpet making in Kidderminster.

In a film produced and edited by acclaimed filmmaker Andy McKay, with help from the Lincoln School of Media, you have the opportunity to witness rare and newly restored films ranging from the 1920’s to the 1980’s.

Whether it is from shots of Winston Churchill’s visit to Worcester on 20th May, featuring a glimpse of the newly discovered letters between Churchill and the city’s mayor from 1945, or from the historic footage of the 1969 demolition of the house on Rainbow Hill where Sir Edward Elgar died, you are guaranteed to discover previously uncovered hidden gems.

The film also features a variety of more footage ranging from news reports from ATV, including the village reaction to the possible sale of Bredon church spire to America in 1968, to a focus on industry with a 1925 film illustrating carpet making in Kidderminster and a look at needle making in Redditch in 1968.

Conviently organised into seven themes, Worcestershire on Film allows you to choose how you want to make your exploration of twentieth century Worcestershire.

59To 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.


Christmas is looming, and we are securely settled into winter, but if you’re not quite in the spirit yet, here’s a DVD to relive summer one more time!

Known for its wonderful sandy beaches and family entertainment, the Lincolnshire coast has been a favourite holiday destination for people from the industrial Midlands since Victorian times.

Growing up in the Midlands, you more than likely had at least one trip down to Skegness, Mablethorpe or Sutton on Sea, and Footprints in the Sand allows you to relive the popular family destinations through a series of home movies rarely seen and newly restored dating from the 1930s to 1960s, sending a wave of nostalgia over those familiar with the locations.

The DVD also includes extracts of We Chose Skegness, a promotional film made in 1961 and narrated by Richard Baker, which depicts a family who plan to go on holiday to their usual resort of Skegness but this time are able to ‘do it in style’ after winning the Littlewoods Pools.

You will also get the chance to see a series of news reports and home movies chronicling the development of Britain’s first holiday camp, Butlins in Skegness, from the 1950s to 1980s.

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.



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.

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.


The Christmas Lights switch on is always one of the most anticipated events in the Christmas countdown, so as it’s now been a week since Coventry made the bright transition, today we celebrate Rebuilding Coventry!

Coventry, now a bustling city full of culture and industry, suffered terrible German bombings during the Second World War which culminated in a devastating raid in November 1940. Using both amateur and professional footage spanning from 1948 to 1980, Rebuilding Coventry tells the story of how the city rose like a phoenix from the ashes.

The film reflects on the memorable milestones in the city’s history, including a visit from the Queen as a young Princess to the War Memorial Park. The development of Coventry’s new Cathedral, the Broadgate development and the Precinct are all documented along with the building of local landmarks like the Coventry Baths, the Ring Road and Walsgrave Hospital can also be seen. The story of Coventry’s flourishing car industry, once the envy of the world, is also highlighted, featuring the production lines at Jaguar, Standard Triumph and Chrysler.

You can also take a look back at memorable visits from celebrities such Douglas Bader, Bill Haley and Morecambe and Wise, as well as the meaningful visit from Her Majesty the Queen as a young Princess to the War Memorial Park.

Rebuilding Coventry is a collaboration between MACE and the School of Media at the University of Lincoln and was researched, narrated and produced by Zara Healy.

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.