FULL CIRCLE PRESENTS: TODAY AT DASH IN SHREWSBURY AT 2pm, 1960S BARRS COURT SPECIAL SCHOOL FILM TO BE SHOWN AT DISABILITY ARCHIVE FILM SCREENING. RAISING THE ‘BARR’ FOR DISABILITY ARTS. DASH JOINS FULL CIRCLE’S FILM SEARCH.


Last year, DASH – Disability Arts in Shropshire, decided to participate in the Full Circle project, a 3 year Heritage Lottery Funded film search project run by MACE, The Media Archive for Central England. DASH is a disability arts user led organisation, running arts projects across Shropshire and beyond.

Full Circle will support local history societies and other organisations in finding, identifying and using film and video for the benefit of their community.

DASH is one of many community 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.

DASH is holding it’s annual 2011 Disability Film Festival from 25TH – 28TH October.

As part of this a Full Circle screening of Midlands related archive footage is being held at 2pm, Today, Thursday 27th October at : DASH – Disability Arts in Shropshire,
Unit 4, Monkmoor Road, Monkmoor, Shrewsbury. SY2 5 ST
Visit: http://www.dasharts.org/newsArticle.jsp?newsID=312 – for full festival listings

The screening will include a digitised 16mm title from the Barrs Court Special School Collection: “A film showing how mentally handicapped children learn to live in the community through work, play, visits, travel, and new experiences.” The film was shot around 1964-65 by the Headteacher Mrs Gorin to act as a promotional film for the school to help raise money for a new pool. This film shows an example of the type of film footage that has already been donated to MACE and emphasises the importance of preserving these previously unseen gems.

Liz Pimblett of The Hereford Museum Resource & Learning Centre Full Circle Group – was contacted by Nigel Deeley, whose mother was deputy Head at Barrs Court Special School.

“We were all very excited to see what the collection contained as archive material relating to disabilities is not something that comes to light very often.”
The films were originally shot by the school’s headmistress Mrs Gorin.
Mrs Gorin set up the school in 1954 and was a qualified special needs teacher.

Barrs Court School for mentally handicapped children was ran by Herefordshire Health. Originally it had just 3 employees and then increased in size over the years.

Nigel Deeley’s mother started working at the school originally as a volunteer member of support staff in 1954 and after some shake-up at the school then went on to work as the Assistant Head. Mrs Deeley worked at the school for nearly 30 years.

During those years Mrs Gorin & Mrs Deeley ran the school they took the children on many school trips and holidays. Mrs Gorin had the idea to make a promotional film for the school to help raise funds for a swimming pool and toured the film around the area. Nigel Deeley often helped out in the evening at these film screenings. There were no men involved in the making of the film.

After Gorin left they virtually rebuilt the whole school, originally there was just two classrooms and 2 teachers. The school didn’t cook their own meals as the food used to come from the adjacent kitchens of another Hereford school close by .There were approximately 30 pupils at the school up to the ages of 15/16. A new hydrotherapy pool has now been built at the school to replace the old one and when Nigel Deeley’s mother died they put some money towards the fund for the new hydrotherapy replacement pool.

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:

Full Circle project | Media Archive for Central England (MACE)
Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Curator – 07919 896505 / 01522 837756 (Wednesday’s) –
lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

or
Dr Paul A. Darke
Visual Arts Manager
DASH – Disability Arts in Shropshire
Tel: 01743 272939 & 01743 271676
Fax: 01743 272939
darke@dasharts.org
http://www.dasharts.org
Unit 4, Monkmoor Road,
Monkmoor,
Shrewsbury
SY2 5 ST
Company No. 4294985
Registered Charity No. 1090677

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Tonight at 7:30pm: Come and enjoy a MACE Full Circle Screening of Herefordshire related Archive Film at Fownhope Memorial Hall £3 admission refreshments provided


Tonight one of our fantastic West Midlands Full Circle Groups, Fownhope Local History Group, have organised a screening of archive film that has been shot locally and shows places such as Mordiford and Fownhope, Hereford farming and Hop picking and other scenes of local Herefordshire life, some shot by local farmer John Barnett and friends who, many years ago, formed Hereford Cine Society captured many local events on film.

These cine-film collections were found by Fownhope LHG as part of the MACE Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Full Circle Project’ which runs until March 2013 and aims to search for moving image materials relating to the Midlands region, which is then digitised and put it back into the community in an accessible format that can be enjoyed at locally organised film screening events such as the one taking place tonight from 7:30pm at Fownhope Memorial Hall.

If anyone wishes to book a ticket, £3 admission, or reserve a seat please contact: David Clark – 01432 860017

If you have any old home-movies or cine-film lurking in your cupboard that you are unsure what to do with, please bring them along this evening to find out how we can preserve them and digitise any Midlands related material.
Contact: Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Curator: Community & Acquisition.
Tel: 07919 896505 or
email: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

See you tonight!

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Fownhope Local’s Rewind and enjoy an afternoon of Herefordshire Archive Films


Amanda Huntley of The Huntley Film Archives addresses the audience at Fownhope Memorial Village Hall

 

On Wednesday, 9th March the Fownhope Local History Group, one of the Full Circle Project’s participating groups took part in hosting one of the screenings for Rewind Festival 2011. The event which took place at Fownhope Memorial Village Hall featured a screening of “rare archive film featuring Herefordshire and Shropshire from 1900 onwards.”

The venue was packed to the rafters with around 115 in attendance who came from all over Herefordshire with some also travelling as far as Wales to reminisce of times gone by, watching footage of local events caught on film some 60 and some 70 or more years ago. The screening featured some fabulous material from  Huntley’s Commercial Film Archive Collection with some footage estimated to date back to the early 1900s.

“REWIND, the community film archive project from Flicks in the Sticks in collaboration with Huntley Film Archives is delighted to present this extraordinary programme, the result of a year long research, at venues in Herefordshire and Shropshire in February and March. Volunteers have been trained as film archivists and have catalogued footage from the Huntley Film Archives which brings the past, including some of the sights and sounds of the two counties, to life.”

Highlights of the screening included :

Hereford May Fair in 1910
Tommies march out of the City in 1914
Kington Carnival in the 1920s
Cider making in the 1930s
The old cattle market in the 1940s
Leominster Three Counties Fair in the 1950s.

Following the Rewind Screening which was really brought to life when accompanied by Amanda Huntley’s animated commentry, the audience was treated to home-made cakes and refreshments before settling down for the second half.

The screening of archive material was particularly poignant for one member of the audience who had no recollection that he had even been caught on film as a young lad working the land with fellow Herefordshire farmers over 60 years ago and was able to watch this footage for the first time.

The Fownhope Local History Group Chairman, David Clark, used the occasion as a platform for showing what film collections had been found as part of their group’s involvement with the MACE archive’s,  Heritage Lottery Funded, Full Circle Project. The group have been looking for archive footage relating to Fownhope and the local area for the past 8 months and have been hugely successful in unearthing around 7 collections with more popping their heads up all the time. The event was a chance to show the people of Fownhope and the wider area, the results of the footage that had been digitised with the help of MACE & HLF funding.

It was a fantastic opportunity for myself, Lucie Kerley Curator for Community & Acquisition at MACE and my colleague Catherine English Full Circle’s Cataloguer, to meet the depositors of the film collections in person for the first time and to hear how much joy they and their families had gotten from the collections being digitised. Smiles all round!

Full Circle Depositor Joanne Probert was delighted with the result of her digitised cine collection that has now been seen by many of her relatives living in AustraliaPeter Davies holds his DVD copy of the cinefilm collection that was digitised with the help of the Heritage Lottery Funding received by MACE's Full Circle Project, Peter has also deposited more reels of 8mm film to be digitised and archived at MACEPeter Davies holds his DVD copy of the cinefilm collection that was digitised with the help of the Heritage Lottery Funding received by MACE's Full Circle Project, Peter has also deposited more reels of 8mm film to be digitised and archived at MACE

Midlands We Need Your Home Movies!Screening of Herefordshire based ATV archive footage at Fownhope Memorial Hall

Peter Davies holds his DVD copy of the cinefilm collection that was digitised with the help of the Heritage Lottery Funding received by MACE’s Full Circle Project, Peter has also deposited more reels of 8mm film to be digitised and archived at MACE

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The group will continue to look for more moving image materials in their area that are in need of digitising to ensure that this valuable window into their local history is one that is not lost but can long be enjoyed by both our generation and those yet to come.

From 500ft Hereford Bulls to a Dr that travels by Horse & Cart. Herefordshire Historians on the Hunt for Hidden Home-movies!


Audience member Mark Robinson watches the Full Circle Screening of material from the MACE ATV collection.

On Monday, 15th November, I was kindly invited along by Senior Archivist Rhys Griffith to the Herefordshire History & Archives Forum to discuss the MACE (Media Archive for Central England) Full Circle Project.

Tea, biscuits and a Full Circle Film search.

  The Full Circle film search project is funded by the Heritage Lottery with the aim being to work with community groups in order to preserve the people of the Midlands home-movies and then copy them into a format that as many people will be able to enjoy watching once more.

MACE archive film screening to promote Full Circle.

 The project will run until March 2013 and is searching for Midlands related moving image materials captured by the people who are at the very heart of their community.          

 

Herefordshire Record Office workers pour over a local map.

The Herefordshire History and Archives forum was attended by representative from a number of groups, including:

  • Jeff White – Cradley Heritage Group
  • Pam Hatherly – Leintwardine History Society
  • Anne Abbotts –  Wellington Heath Archive Group
  • David Clark – Fownhope History Group
  • Barbara Ferris – Dinedor Heritage Group
  • Mal Mason – Eardisley History Group
  • Dave Tristram – Herefordshire Council – Regeneration
  • Anita Syers-Gibson – Independent Volunteer
  • Barry Lawrence – Much Cowarne History Group
  • Alex Hoyle – Bromyard and District Local History Society
  • Mark Robinson – Webb-SHARE
  • Sue Knox – Herefordshire Council – Museum Development
  • Irene Orchard – Archive of Cider Pomology

Members of the Herefordshire History & Archive Forum.

 

Rhys Griffith - Senior Archivist at The Herefordshire Record Office

After catching up on the latest activities from each member, I gave a short presentation about the MACE archive Full Circle Project, and discussed why it was important that communities get involved in preserving their communities screen heritage.

As a way of promoting the Full Circle Project’s search for film, I put on a film, kindly compiled by MACE programmer Phil Leach,  showing clips taken from a selection of the ATV collection that is held at MACE.

The clips were  from taken from news stories that had made headlines over the past 40+ years. A glimpse of life in Herefordshire and some of the well-known characters that play a part in the making of Herefordshire history.

Smiles all round at memories of old Herefordshire.Dr Cyril Francis on his horse and cart doing the rounds, Hereford.

For more information on the Full Circle Project or to find out who your local participating group is please contact Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Project Curator at MACE. Tel: 0116 252 5931 0r Mob: 07919 896 505 email: lk99@le.ac.uk

To see more clips of Hereford or from other parts of the Midlands region check out www.macearchive.org and take a look at our online catalogue.

Photographs copyright Lucie Kerley.

Bring your memories to the Museum! Herefordshire Heritage Service joins Full Circle hunt for home-movies!


 

I had a fantastic meeting yesterday with Sarah Skelton and Elizabeth Pimblett – Community Heritage Officers – at Herefordshire Museum Resource & Learning Centre to discuss the Heritage Service’s participation in MACE’s, Heritage Lottery Funded, Full Circle project. 

“Herefordshire Heritage Services operates five sites across the county and Museum on the Move, a mobile museum, we also support the independent museums in the county through our Museum Development Officer scheme. Three of our sites are in the county town of Hereford – these are Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, the Old House and the new Museum Resource and Learning Centre (opened in 2008), our two heritage centres are the Market House Heritage Centre in Ross on Wye and Ledbury Heritage Centre. With the exception of the mobile museum, admission to museums, galleries and heritage centres is free of charge, charges apply for some events and special services.” 

The Museum Resource & Learning Centre, a state of the art centre is home to Herefordshire’s museum collections with a dedicated learning room for activities and events. It has a lively programme of family events, open days and behind the scenes tours. The MRLC will act as a reference & collection point for members of the community who feel they may have cinefilm/ videos or home movies which show Herefordshire at its best and are interested in having the footage preserved in the regions film archive. 

Full Circle are interested in collecting footage filmed by local people, who may have taken a cine-camera/camcorder/video camera etc along to community events such as: festivals, parades, fetes, fun runs, sports days, family outings and even to work, as a way of documenting their own lives. Any filmed record collected during the Full Circle Film Search, that shows life in the Midlands in some way, shape or form, will be then assessed and considered for inclusion as part of The Media Archive for Central Englands  60,000 + collection. 

By finding and preserving these filmed records, we are able to appreciate how the people of the Midlands lived in the past and how they live today.  We are able to see the changes that may have occurred and what it is that makes one village, town or community unique, and make it stand out from any other. The traditions that are celebrated by its people, etc.
Therefore, allowing us a glimpse into what life may be like for a resident of such village, in a way that was never captured by the news. 

Any films that members of the Hereford public have can be deposited with The Museum Resource and Learning Centre. Copies of any appropriate material will be made for preservation in the MACE archive, given to the contributor and also, with permission, copied for the use and enjoyment of the community. 

So, if you have any film you would like to deposit with the Herefordshire Heritage Service, who would like to encourage people to “bring their memories to the museum.” Please contact Heritage Services on: 

Heritage Services
Museum Resource & Learning Centre
58 Friars Street
Hereford
HR4 0AS
 

Office Tel No: 01432 383383
Email:
herefordmuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk 

For more information on Full Circle or on how your community can join in the search for film please contact: 

Lucie Kerley – Full Circle |Curator: Community & Acquisition. Email: lk99@le.ac.uk or Call: 0116 252 5931 / 07919 896 505.  

For information about MACE please visit http://www.macearchive.org

ATV Today: 02.03.1965: Hereford Doctor


This is a wonderful film: Lionel Hampden meets Dr Francis,an elderly doctor in Hereford, who performs his rounds on a pony and trap.

Doctor Francis is seen driving a four-wheel dog cart with Lionel Hampden sitting alongside. During an interview conducted whilst driving the doctor reveals that he is 81-years-old, drives about 75 to 80 miles a week and believes that he can get about Hereford faster by pony and trap than if he was driving a car.

Doctor Francis had earlier been featured on Midlands News 12 January 1965 and is also interviewed in Meet the Mayor: Hereford from 1968. This item was shown at the Borderlines Film Festival in Hereford in 2006. According to their publicity, when the horse died Dr Francis had it stuffed and it stood in his surgery.

Do you remember Dr Francis? DO you recognise any of the roads and houses in the film? Tell us your memories below: