Spotlight on our Full Circle Film Depositors – Art Zarb


Art Zarb in his projection room

We thought it was time to feature some of our talented film makers who have made the Full Circle project such an interesting project to work on. They have not only enriched the film archive with their home movies, but built a rich portrait of midland life.

Art’s cinema

Art hails from Malta originally and came to the midlands at a very early age. He developed an interest in photography and worked as a professional photographer for most of his life. He also worked as a professional cinema projectionist, handling large 35mm reels of film and working on the latest technology in cinema projection equipment.

Art worked as a professional cinema projectionist

You can see the size of some of the reels of film he worked with in the photo on the right. He soon become interested in film making and made many films of life in the clubs where he worked as a photographer, family life and holidays. In fact Art developed such an interest in making and screening films that he built a cinema in his back garden. Some of the celebs from the 1960s he filmed included actress Diana Dors and DJ Pete Murray.

Art’s projection room

Art’s home movies, along with many of the Full Circle collection of films will be carefully stored and catalogued and will soon be available to search for on the MACE online film catalogue. Thanks Art!

Kay

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The Filmed Record and Community History – sharing the experience of finding and using film in the community


Venue for the MACE/CAHG regional conference: The Hive, Worcester photo courtesy HivebyTECU Consulting UK

MACE (Media Archive for Central England),  CAHG (Community Archive Heritage Group) and representatives from the Full Circle History groups joined forces last Thursday to raise awareness of archive film and its importance as a historical resource.  The conference took place at Europe’s first joint university and public library at Worcester called The Hive.

Inside The Hive, Worcester: photo courtesy HiveInsidebyWordShore

Full Circle Senior Curator Kay Ogilvie said: “The conference was enriched by the 6 representatives of community history groups screening the footage they found during their search for film in their communities as part of the Heritage Lottery funded Full Circle Project. Our thanks go to John Holloway of Aston on Trent, Anita Syers-Gibson of North Herefordshire, Sarah Bradley of Belbroughton, David Clark of Fownhope, David Amos of Annesley and Bob Massey of Arnold. The films they found were a fascinating window into history and brought the past alive like no other record.”

Full Circle Film cataloguer Catherine English said: “It was great to hear from people who’ve been involved in Full Circle and the positive impact it has had on their groups which will hopefully continue beyond the lifetime of the project.”

Some comments from participants……….

MACE, and all the other regional archives are, without doubt, an essential and positive asset to maintaining film as an important element of our regional heritage. The Full Circle project that has engaged communities to seek out their own corner of England Past has, for our village history group, raised the profile of heritage, enabled individuals to acquire new skills and brought a new dimension to community involvement. We hope this project will inspire others to build on its foundations.”  John Holloway Aston on Trent History Group

Anita Syers-Gibson of North Herefordshire History group

“It was fascinating to hear the organisers of other groups explaining how they came to discover long-forgotten cine film collections in their communities and how they used the films for the entertainment and education of their audiences.Frank Dale used his films to entertain local audiences in village halls and pubs, and now, 60 years later, we are doing just the same – and the Full Circle is complete!” Anita Syers-Gibson, North Herefordshire History Group

“Thanks for yesterday – it was useful to get together and to see and hear how other groups had gone about gathering moving images . We dont know how typical the six of us were compared with others – it would have been good to have had a few more there. The venue was certainly impressive – made our self-help village library seem very small !” David and Margaret Clark from Fownhope

Sarah Bradley Belbroughton History Group

“It was interesting the different ways that people had used the old movie footage. The quality was also very good bearing in mind the age of some of the film footage. Many thanks for giving me the opportunity of giving a presentation to the Conference.” David Amos Annesley Project Officer

James Patterson, Director of MACE said: “I have never had any doubt about the potential importance of moving images in the community context or of their ability to add to our understanding of community history. What struck me about the event was the emotional impact that the material had had in the community and how in some cases an involvement with the Full Circle project has had a transformational effect in the community.

I think that the impact of the project is a testament to all the MACE colleagues who have worked on the project to make it so successful and to our community partners who have embraced film so wholeheartedly.”

Media Archive for Central England (MACE) www.macearchive.org  Community Archive Heritage Group (CAHG) http://www.communityarchives.org.uk/  The Hive, Worcester  http://www.thehiveworcester.org/

Staffordshire Film Archive screens films starting this Wednesday from 31st October………


STAFFORDSHIRE FILM ARCHIVE

FREE SCREENINGS AT THE FILM THEATRE College Rd, Stoke-on-Trent

WEDNESDAYS, 7.45pm. Bar open from 7.00pm. Free parking, wheelchair access.

This Wednesday’s free screening by Staffordshire Film Archive is a celebration of The Victoria Theatre, which is 50 years old this month. The event is in collaboration with the Victoria Theatre Archive, housed at StaffordshireUniversity.

From 1962, rare and un-broadcast film of the Vic’s very first musical documentary in 1964 – “The Jolly Potters” – through to this year’s “Our Age, Our Stage” community event, we chart the key developments as captured on film over the years. For more information visit our website:

http://www.filmarchive.org.uk/events.htm

Fascinating old footage found of 1930s Kniveton in Derbyshire


Do you know this person?

This Sunday at Kniveton Village Hall we will be bringing alive old memories of Kniveton in Derbyshire and hoping to identify some of the characters featured in the film. This film collection was found by Peter Frost and was shot by his grandfather Wilfred Ratcliffe in the 1930s. Wilfred was the chauffeur to the Wright family of Kniveton.

We hope to identify some of the people featured in the film…..

This is a fascinating collection of 8mm cine film shot in and around Kniveton and shows scenes of old farming practices and machinery. Shot just before the war the summer was perfect for using scythes to cut hay, making haystacks and threshing. There are scenes shot in the hay meadows of workers drinking tea after a hard day’s work, the village post mistress, the village fete and Kniveton Jubilee shot in 1939. Other footage includes lively scenes of Ashbourne Shrovetide Football match and Stanley Matthews throwing the ball in the 1970s.

Another Evocative & Thought Provoking Trip Down Memory Lane @_The_Public with Cipher’s Past Lives Tour.


The Public, West Bromwich.

Last Friday I attended another fantastic screening of Cipher’s Past Lives Music to Archive film performance, this time taking place at The Public, in West Bromwich. It was a wonderful opportunity for members of the surrounding West Midlands communities to come and see some of the home-movie film gems that have been found by the Full Circle groups from across the East and West Midlands.


“We all really enjoyed Friday evening’s performance.  You had done an amazing job with the film, touching, amusing, evocative in turns, with some beautiful faces, and really summoning up what it was to live in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.   The music provided a terrific backdrop, really enhancing what was on the screen by creating just the right atmosphere.”
Sarah Bradley, Full Circle Depositor

The Public’s Past Lives audience were treated to poetic family scenes from the 1950s to 70s, shots of Balsall Heath William Edward Street, Woodside, Dudley, The Black Country, Town Sparrows, Percy Thrower Gardens in Edgbaston, Hop Farming in Herefordshire, a trip to the East Midlands coast, kamikaze motorcycles, and much much more.

All accompanied by Cipher’s specially composed live musical score.

If you’ve not yet managed to attend a Past Lives event, then try and pop down to:

  • 7 July Derby – The Quad, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS (01332 290606) derbyquad.co.uk
  • 8 July Cromford – Gothic Warehouse, The Arkwright Society, Cromford Mills, Mill Lane, DE4 3RQ (01629 823256) arkwrightsociety.org.uk + Workshop
  • 19 July Stamford Arts Centre – 27 St. Marys Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL (01780 763 203) stamfordartscentre.com

Watch this space for a Manchester date in September too!

Cipher’s Dave Sturt and Theo Travis with Full Circle Depositor Sarah Bradley and her brother Robert, whose father Christopher Whitcombe’s family films are one of many to play a big part in the Past Lives Performance.

A scene from The Whitcombe Family Film Collection that has been digitised by MACE’s, Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle film search project.

Photography © Lucie Kerley

Rare film footage of 1930s Ilkeston Carnival found………


Paul Booth of Ilkeston, Derbyshire, deposits his father’s cine film collection with MACE film archive as part of the Full Circle project

The Arthur Cyril Booth Collection

Like many of the early filmmakers, Paul Booth’s father – Arthur Cyril Booth (d.1980) took up filmmaking after getting interested in photography. Arthur was the organist for the parish and also played the organ at the La Scala cinema in Ilkeston (still going strong!). Paul said: “My father  was into gadgets of the times –  like for example cine cameras. He filmed on mostly 9.5mm. He was a practical man who in WW1 built aeroplanes – which were made out of fabric then. After the war he became an upholsterer in Ilkeston. He owned a Brough Superior motorbike and used to go biking down to the French Riviera”.

The wedding of amateur filmmaker Arthur Cyril Booth and Cecilia Booth c.1930s

Arthur filmed the Carnivals in Ilkeston in 1936 and 1937 and we’re really looking forward to seeing this footage. He also filmed a pilgrimage to Dale Abbey, Derbyshire and the May Procession, a Lourdes Trip made by members of the Our Lady and St Thomas RC church in Ilkeston. Other footage includes some seaside scenes at Mablethorpe, Wolverhampton Illuminations and his parents wedding. Arthur’s films will be carefully stored at the MACE film archive in temperature controlled conditions so that these original films will be preserved for posterity. As part of the Full Circle project, copies of these films will be made onto DVD for Paul and his family ad the local community to share in this heritage and enjoy past events. If you have any films you wish to preserve please contact Kay Ogilvie, senior curator Full Circle on kogilvie@lincoln.ac.uk

David Amos talks to filmmaker Eddie Newby about the making of the Dracula films in the 1960s…


It’s lovely to catch up with movie makers and actors from the past……..here’s a little clip from an interview with Eddie Newby (on the left) who acted in the Dracula films in the 1960s filmed around  Annesley Old Church in Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Eddie not only acted but also filmed in the area –  the building of the M1 underpass at Kirkby in Ashfield, street scenes, shop facades, Whit Sunday parades and pigeon fanciers.

Eddie mentions the JayRich Group – a group made up of friends called Jack and Richard from Kirkby in Ashfield. Here’s a picture of Eddie as Dracula:

Eddie Newby as Dracula in the 1960s film ‘Dracula’ filmed in and around Annesley Old Church, Kirkby in Ashfield.

Eddie’s films are being preserved for future generations to enjoy and learn from and the original super8 cine films are being carefully stored in archival conditions at the MACE film archive. The films have now been digitally transferred onto DVD for the community and Eddie to enjoy as part of the Heritage Lottery funded project called Full Circle, which was developed by MACE.

Annesley Old Church – The 13th century Annesley Old Church is now being conserved thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund.

The funding will pay for restoration work on the site and various events and activities. The Old Church stands alongside Annesley Hall, latterley the home of the Charworths, later to be the Chaworth-Musters Family. The site has historical links not only with the family but with the poet Lord Byron and the author DH Lawrence.

Further details from the Project Officer, David Amos, on (01623) 457537 or d.amos@ashfield-d.c.gov.uk

Another Day! Another Fantastic Full Circle Screening by Fownhope Local History Group at Tarrington Village Hall, Herefordshire..



Yesterday I was delighted to spend the afternoon with Fownhope Local History Group and a members  of the Tarrington and Herefordshire communities. The group’s advertised ‘film of the day’ was a fabulous compilation of material, put together by Philip Leach from the Media Archive for Central England, consisting of some great Hop Picking and Farming footage from Peter Davies and John Barnett’s personal cine-film collections. The collections were found by the Fownhope Local History Group and have now been digitised with the help of the MACE’s Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Film Search Project.

As usual Rachel and her team were on hand to bake lots of delicious cakes and biscuits and pour fresh cups of tea at the interval – which were included in the £3 ticket price!Weston Beggard Hop Farmer John Barnett spoke during the interval about his experience of being a Hop Farmer over the past 50 years and why he chose to record the Hop farming/ cultivation process using his cine camera. His collection has now been digitised and the original cinefilms are being preserved at The Media Archive for Central England.

http://www.macearchive.org/Archive/Title/hops/MediaEntry/49102.html


Claston Farm – Hop Farmer Davies and his wife Pam. Peter Davies discusses with the audience his own experience of being a Hop Farmer in Herefordshire and just how much things have changed during his lifetime.

Overall, it was a great afternoon for learning about Herefordshire and Hops and for looking back at life from the late 1940s to 1970s.

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the 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.

Photography © Lucie Kerley

Ombersley in the 70s Revisited Full Circle Film Screening: With the building of a NEW Bypass & The Queens Silver Jubilee Celebrations the 1970s proved to be a busy time for the Worcs village of Ombersley.


Sytchampton Village Hall. Photo by Roy Murphy.

On Saturday 31st March, I @luciekerley was invited to attend Sytchampton Village Hall for a film screening of a recently digitised cinefilm entitled: “Ombersley in the 70s”. 

MACE Full Circle Curator – Lucie Kerley addressing the audience at an Ombersley in the 70s Full Circle Film Screening at Sytchampton Village Hall. Photo by Roy Murphy.

Arthur and Mike Turner – Film makers and members of Ombersley Dramatic Society.

The event was attended by a local audience of around 100 people who enjoyed the 2 hour film screening plus interval for a nostalgic natter with tea and biscuit style refreshments!The film was originally shot by Mike and Arthur Turner over 40 years ago and has been digitised by the Media Archive for Central England‘s Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project after a film search event was launched by Roy Murphy of the Droitwich History and Archaeology Society. The aim of the Full Circle Project is to connect Midlands communities with their on screen heritage, and this is exactly what this event was all about!

Mike and Arthur took turns to do a live running commentary over to films, using the original notes and a background music, which really brought them to life!

Kindly organised by the Ombersley Dramatic Society , it allowed members of the local community a chance to revisit life in the 70s and all that it meant to their local area.

A new Bypass!

Ombersley Bypass 2012.

1970s Ombersley Bypass Grand Opening saw a procession of Vintage Cars lead the way to a traffic free future.

Silver Jubilee Celebrations! 

 A booming local village with a real sense of community spirit!

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the 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.
Web: www.macearchive.org

Photography © Lucie Kerley

Full Circle Archive Film Screening 31.03.12 Sytchampton Village Hall to show digitised Droitwich/ Ombersley archive cine film finds to local community.


MACE Full Circle Curator – Lucie Kerley shakes hands with Depositor Mike Turner as he hands over his cinefilm to be digitised and preserved by MACE.

A good while back I met Mike Turner of Ombersley at a Droitwich History & Archaeology Society meeting; when I first went along to talk about MACE’s Full Circle Community Film Search Project.

Mike had brought along a selection of cinefilms which he had shot some 40 + years ago. With help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, MACE was able to digitise this material – just one of 200 collections found during the Full Circle Project’s search for film, which are now going to be shown by  Ombersley Dramatic Society at Sytchampton Village Hall, Worcestershire. DY13 9SY on 31 March commencing at 7.30. pm.

Tickets can be obtained from Mike Turner, 01905 620757.

Other titles from Mike Turner’s Collection include:

“The combining of the Parishes of Ombersley and Doverdale in 1973 created one of the largest parishes in Worcestershire. The Parish extends from Crossway Green in the north to Hawford in the south and from east to west from the River Salwarpe to the River Severn. There is excellent farmland with two-thirds approximately devoted to arable crops and one-third pasture for livestock. The soil is similar to that of the Vale of Evesham.

“The village has a rich heritage of half-timbered houses built between 1450 and 1750, mostly within a short distance of the roundabout at the centre of the village. Within the village centre are 22 listed buildings, mainly black and white timbered buildings each unique in style and endowed with considerable charm. The availability of timber explains the concentration of so many timbered buildings in the village. Whilst most are now in use as private residences, some have had a colourful chequered history linked to a time when the village provided all basic services for residents. Many were occupied by a range of businesses including police houses, post offices, public houses, forges, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Villagers have a keen awareness of this historical heritage. There were expressions of sadness and regret when building of the A449, Worcester to Kidderminster trunk necessitated the demolition of buildings. Yet this bypass, with increasing motorised traffic, has contributed to ensuring the fabric of the village is preserved.

An opportunity for villagers to step back in time and to visit Ombersley’s recent past will be the showing of a collection of films taken in the 1970’s illustrating contemporary Ombersley. Films of that era have been digitised by Media Archive for Central England and show construction of the A449, the machines in use at that time and construction workers in their labours. Adult members of the audience may recognise themselves as children at play and performing in shows at the Memorial Hall. The programme is to be presented by Ombersley Dramatic Society at Sytchampton Village Hall on 31 March commencing at 7.30. pm. Tickets can be obtained from Mike Turner, 01905 620757.”

Written by Roy Murphy for The Parish of Ombersley and Doverdale Newsletter.

Opposite the car park of the Crown and Sandys is the 16th or 17th century Pewterer’s House. This originated in Bewdley and was re-erected in 1841 and eventually divided to form two cottages.

Cresswells, a ‘cruck house’ located alongside the roundabout was built before 1500. In 1926 the first petrol station in Ombersley was installed a few yards to the north of Cresswells.

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the 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.
Web: www.macearchive.org