Photography Copyright: Lucie Kerley
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
See you tonight!
On Saturday I was invited to represent – The Media Archive For Central England aka MACE Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle ‘Community Film Search’ Project at The Wolverhampton City Archives Annual History Fair at the Molineux Hotel Buildings.
The doors opened at 10am as throngs of eager historians and members of the public interested in all aspects of local history poured in to look at the different stands represented by history societies from across the region. I was there to talk to prospective new Full Circle groups in the Wolverhampton area and also to screen a compilation put together by MACE’s Phil Leach, of a selection of material held at MACE showing how the city has evolved over the years.
I also picked up a collection of films belonging to Dick Rose, former Chairman of Wolverhampton Civic & Historical Society, whose collection was deposited with The City Archives.
Overall it was a fantastic day with over 330 people passing through the Molineux’s grand doors to take in a little local history, other groups there included the Tipton Civic Society, another local history group involved in the Full Circle Project’s search for film who have recently enjoyed a screening of ‘Tipton in the 1970s’, The Black Country Society, The Claverley Memories Local History Group, The Women of Wolverhampton Group, The Carl Chinn Birmingham Lives Archives, The Friends of Wolverhampton Archives, Honour & Awards http://www.honoursandawards.co.uk, The Chase ‘Great War’ Project http://www.messinesridge.co.uk and many more new contacts were made.
Phone: 01902 552480
Minicom: 01902 555554
Fax: 01902 552481
Write or visit:
Archives and Local Studies
Wolverhampton City Council
Molineux Hotel Building
If you have any cine film or home-movies relating to Wolverhampton or the wider Midlands area please contact:
Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Curator: Community & Acquisition on 01522 837756 (available Wednesday’s in the Lincoln Office) or mobile: 07919 896505
or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Full Circle Project please check out: http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html
Last weekend Tony Fox and Friends of Cannon Hill Park held their Spring Countryside Fair at ‘Birmingham’s Premier Peoples Park’.
Over 10,000 people showed up over the course of the weekend to enjoy the many festivities taking place throughout the parks 215 acres.
To help the Cannon Hill Full Circle Group promote their search for film and home-movies at the event, MACE’s Phil Leach kindly put together a compilation capturing how changes in the environment have effected Cannon Hill Park and the surrounding areas over the years.
Tony Fox, Chair of The Cannon Hill People’s Park said:
“The 2 new ‘Peoples Park Films’ screen titles from the MACE Archive were a great hit – reaching distinct ‘village green’ audiences from Selly Oak/Stirchley as well as Moseley/Balsall Heath surrounding the City Park.”
You can watch a couple of short films from the Spring Festival here:
For people who missed the film screenings, you can go along to the Heritage Open House Detectives Weekend (Cannon Hill House 18-19 June as part of Moseley Open Gardens weekend walkabout), who are also offering a film curtain raiser for local community meetings. Special audience screenings are also being arranged for City Parks Staff, or possibly Neighbourhood Office Team gatherings, Libraries seeking new purpose, local schools and community summer events – all promising to raise awareness of the imprtance of preserving our filmed ‘home-movie’ heritage.
“Altogether a good catch from the a-MACEing archive studios…”
If you have any old cine film or moving image materials, home-movies, relating to Cannon Hill Park or the surrounding area, please get in touch with Full Circle on 0116 252 5931 or email Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Curator on email@example.com.
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.
Video interview by Nicky Getgood – Talk About Local & Digbeth is Good. Nicky also runs an Irish Filum night at The Spotted Dog Pub.
On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September, Belbroughton celebrated it’s much loved, annual event – The Scarecrow weekend! Each year the residents of Belbroughton take part in creating a unique, and often humourous Scarecrow.
The festivities draw crowds of people from all over the UK to the quaint, little countryside village. On entering the village you are greeted by a smattering of straw faces dotted in the most inconspiciously, inventive of places.
There are lots of things to see and do as the Scarecrow Weekend takes over the whole village.
This year saw the arrival of a delicious Farmers Market – selling everything from Hog Roast to Jersey Vanilla Icecream with cindertoffee pieces and cupcakes
and local Charity fundraising events such as an Open Day with tombola raffle at the Belbroughton Animal Sanctuary.
In the Holy Trinity Church, there were opportunities to try out Bell ringing and watch wool spinners and other local artisans practice their skills.
Artists from around the area displayed their paintings in various locations throughout the village.
Belbroughton History Society had a stand in the church where members, Sarah & James Bradley, held an exhibition of their groups large photographic collection.
It was also an opportunity to showcase their recent publications on Belbroughton.
In order to promote the Belbroughton History Society’s Full Circle film search, also on display was a selection of archive film and information about how members of the community could deposit any of their own homemovies or film that related to the local area.
Artist, John Instance, spoke to Full Circle’s Belbroughton History Society about his 8mm film collection which dates back around 45 years and contains footage of a mounted Police march through Cannon Hill Park. John, was born in Selly Park, Birmingham and worked in the Jewellery Quarter, and then in electronics. He set up business in Bewdley in 1982, an Art gallery called The Old Bank Craft Studio which remained there for 23 years until some unfortunate flooding caused it to close down. John continues to work as an Artist and paints from his home studio, holding exhibitions of his work.
John Harvey, a visitor to Belbroughton’s Scarecrow Weekend, spoke of his own cinefilm collection which contains footage of Bearwood and Warley Woods from around 1986. It was a successful weekend, with a number of people coming forward to discuss personal collections that held footage relating the Belbroughton and the larger West Midlands area.
If you have any film or homemovies relating to Belbroughton or the surrounding area please contact Sarah Bradley, Chair of The Belbroughton History Society by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Belbroughton History Society are the participating Full Circle group for that area. They will be acting as a collection point for footage found in the community.
For more information about The Full Circle Project or on how you can deposit footage relating to the wider Midlands area or to find out details of your nearest participating group, please contact: Full Circle Curator: Lucie Kerley by email: email@example.com or call 0116 252 5931
Photographs courtesy of Lucie Kerley
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:
Museum Resource & Learning Centre
58 Friars Street
Office Tel No: 01432 383383
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Call: 0116 252 5931 / 07919 896 505.
For information about MACE please visit http://www.macearchive.org