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.



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.



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.


Introducing ‘Midlands on Film’ a series of DVD titles celebrating the region through Moving Image

This is going to be a busy year in DVD releases for MACE, not only have we just started to co-produce a documentary on the history of ATV Today, the Lincoln School of Media continue to produce a series of DVDs of local interest to the Midlands region.

‘Midlands on Film’ is a series of nine DVDs celebrating  people and places of the region through moving image preserved in the archive.

Heralded by the release of Nottingham on Film in 2011, Rebuilding Coventry, Made in Leicester and Derbyshire on Film will follow early in 2012 .  Further titles showcasing the range of material held at MACE will cover Lincoln & Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire and Birmingham. A further title, yet to be confirmed will profile either The Black Country or Worcestershire.

Growing out of the varied material in the collections, many topics and themes are explored across the series: Industry and farming; cityscapes (including the rebuilding of Coventry and redevelopment of Birmingham) and the region’s rural landscapes; And of course home and community life, including the celebrations such as the Coronation in 1953 and the Silver Jubilee in 1977, all reflecting the changing world in which we live.

The production of these nine DVDs is a collaboration between MACE and the School of Media at the University of Lincoln and has been made possible by the generous financial support of EM Media through the UK Film Council’s Digital Film Archive Fund.

Further details on some of these titles will be uploaded to our online shop in the coming weeks and you will be able to click ‘NOTIFY ME’ to be emailed when they become available. Updates on this will be blogged about in due course.

Meanwhile, From ATVLand in Colour and Nottingham on Film are popular titles that can be purchased now

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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.