Today the lovely people at Tipton Library, one of MACE‘s Full Circle Groups, are having a free archive film screening of Gi’ It Some ‘Ommer (2) to celebrate their Tipton Slasher week and promote the value of archive film as an educational and historical resource.
The day officially began with the unveiling of a painting of the Tipton Slasher, by a modern day local rising star, Boxer, Liam Gould.
The Black Country, known to many as the ‘Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’ used to be 90% Foundry’s and Factories. Steel, Iron & Engineering were the bread and butter of the Black Country population.
‘Cocking’, Dog fights, and watching the William Perry, Tipton Slasher’s bare knuckle boxing matches were just some of the ways the good honest people of the Black Country spent their spare time.
It may have been described as an ‘inward looking, isolated area cut through with canals’, but there are still signs of industries that are now long gone, having left their mark on the Black Country landscape and the hearts of the proud people who live here.
Today’s library event celebrating the life of Tipton Slasher William Perry allows people to look at his family history, admire works of art by local artist G. Colbourne that the Slasher has inspired and to revel in a little nostalgia with a screening of MACE Black Country archive films ( to buy a copy of ATV: The Black Country 1969 please visit the MACE shop)
and not forgetting the chance to listen to musicians perform songs inspired by the Slasher himself.
What a day!
If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to Tipton, the Black Country or the wider 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.
Tel: 01522 837752
Saluting the Slasher Day
Saturday 24th March 2012
10am – 2pm
Programme of events
10.15 am Opening of event and unveiling of Tipton Slasher Portrait by boxer Liam Gould
10.30 am Art Workshops with Graham Colbourne and Friends (all day)
11am Tracing the Slasher’s Family Tree
with Joan Keeling (all day)
11.15 Local History Film Shows
1pm Sing a Song for the Slasher Competition
Live Performances from the Top Two
1.15pm Song Competition Winner Announced
1.30 Raffle Announced
2pm Close of Event
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