Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Ruston & Hornsby project aims to preserve the legacy of one of Lincolnshire’s most iconic engineering companies through the digitisation of photographic negatives and cine film, alongside interviews with former Ruston and Hornsby workers.

The photographs and documents which are now stored at Lincolnshire Archives and films stored here at MACE, form part of a huge collection showcasing the history of Ruston and Hornsby, which became part of Siemens in 2003. The archive spans the company’s 150 years, offering a rare and detailed insight into Lincolnshire’s manufacturing heyday and Britain’s industrial past.

This major heritage project in collaboration with Siemens, Lincolnshire County Council and the University of Lincoln has allowed MACE to catalogue, assess and digitise a selection of fascinating films relating to the company, extracts of which can be viewed online via the Lincs to the past website and MACE’s Vimeo page. Copies of the full films can be viewed by appointment at both Lincolnshire Archives and MACE.

To learn more about the project and Lincolnshire’s rich industrial history, visit the Lincs to the Past website here.



Full Circle reaches second gear: web clips of footage available online….

Terry and John of Visions at Mablethorpe – with a collection of film found through  Full Circle : web clips of some of this collection dating back to the 1930s is now available online

Hello Full Circle supporters
The Full Circle project is gradually building up a head of steam……..

Now that we  have employed our cataloguer Catherine, she is busy uploading film clips of some of the footage found and adding them to our film catalogue.
Eventually over the next 3 years we will all be able to view this previously unseen footage that Full Circle has unearthed and it is utterly charming!
Here are a few film clips to give you a taste, please keep on with the film searches so that we can uncover some more hidden gems!

Home movie shot by JI Taylor featuring Coronation Day 1953.
We see shots of a family party celebrating Coronation Day in 1953 in an unidentified location. This includes shots of an illuminated model of the St Edward’s Crown. Later we shots of people on the beach at North Landing, Flamborough, North Yorkshire and a boat ride around nearby caves.

Home movie shot in Sutton on Sea in 1938 by JI Taylor.

We see shots of a man and two women walking along the beach front in Sutton on Sea, Lincolnshire. This is followed by a man, two women and two children sitting on steps and playing in a garden. There are shots of another man and a smaller child on a veranda. This is followed by shots of the children on a beach, going on horse and cart and donkey rides and playing in the sea.

Home movie of fairground rides and on the beach at Sutton on Sea, Lincolnshire.
We see shots of children on fairground rides at a fair in Walkley, Sheffield. This is followed by a trapeze performance and shots of a crowd. Next we see shots of children in a walled garden in an unidentified location. Later we see a woman, a man and two children playing in a garden in Sutton on Sea, Lincolnshire. This is followed by two women, two men and two children playing on a beach.

Happy viewing!

ATV Today: 01.08.1977 – Midlands Holiday Reports


A Midland Holidays report where Bev Smith visits Skegness in Lincolnshire, talking to holidaymakers from the Midlands.

G/V’s of the ATV light aircraft take-off. Aerial approach to the resort. Good G/V’s holidaymakers on the beach. G/V’s of the fun fair, donkey rides, Skegness Pier, etc.

Do you have memories of Skegness in the 1970’s – comment below, and tell us your memories.