MACE Footage Features in Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story

Discover the fascinating story of Raleigh with Pedalling Dreams, a brand new documentary charting the history of the world famous bicycle company.

Produced by Testimony Films, Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story, tells the extraordinary tale of the remarkable characters and famous bicycle designs that spawned out of one of Nottingham’s most famous companies.

Featuring a mixture of archive footage from MACE along with interviews and testimonies from former employees, this beautifully illustrated documentary uncovers Raleigh’s fascinating journey from its humble beginnings, ups and downs, to becoming the largest manufacturer of bicycles in the world.

The documentary premiers on BBC Four on Wednesday 15th of March at 9pm and will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

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Filming Dracula in the 1960s and the JayRich group, Annesley


David Amos, Project officer for the HLF funded Annesley Old Church project and a Full Circle supporter, has sent us this post:
We had a fantastic day on Monday (10th December 2012) when a small group of us met at the Acacia Centre in Annesley Woodhouse to view the archive footage of the spoof Dracula films done by the Jayrich Group in the early 1960’s.  vlcsnap-2012-12-12-13h38m41s222In attendance were Mrs and Eddie Newby (Dracula in the film, 86 years young!), Fred Hutchinson (member of the Kirkby Cine Club in the 1960’s), Trevor Lee (Local Film and Media Historian), Mick Pattison (Local film and media enthusiast) and David Amos (Project Officer for the Annesley Old Church Project). 
Eddie Newby was interviewed about the making of the two spoof Dracula films and then the footage from the two films was shown and filmed, with the group discussing various aspects of the making the films over 50 years ago.  Trevor Lee supplied research details of the Jayrich group and Fred Hutchinson brought a collection of vintage movie camera’s.
vlcsnap-2012-12-12-13h39m16s62MACE’s Full Circle project made digital copies of the cine films and now preserve the original at the MACE film archive. Plans are in the initial stages for using the footage from the original films in a new production as part of the Annesley Old Church Project (2011-2014).  The Annesley project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and some of the original footage was filmed at Annesley Old Church when it was more intact than the present ruined remains. To find out about the Annesley Church project have a look at his link:

Coming soon! – “Past Lives” performance: archive film footage and live musical accompaniment

Dave Sturt and Theo Travis of ‘Cipher’

We are thrilled and excited to be working with Cipher’s musicians and artists to present this wonderful film heritage and musical event. Cipher have collaborated with visual artist Anthony Hatton to produce a thought-provoking and engaging visual and live musical experience using little seen footage from the Media Archive of Central England, including local images of Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, West Midlands and Nottinghamshire. 

The music is composed by renowned musicians Theo Travis (flute, sax – David Sylvian, Steven Wilson, Robert Fripp) and Dave Sturt (fretless bass/sound design – Gong, Steve Hillage, Bill Nelson). They will perform with guest musicians Deirdre Benscik (cello) and Clare Bhabra (violin) from the renowned Sinfonia ViVA

Capturing moving images is now commonplace with mobile phones and pocket cameras, but before the digital age it wasn’t so easy. Small format movie  cameras were the liberating technology of the mid-20th Century, giving ordinary people the chance to record everyday events on their 8mm and 16mm cameras.

a bit about Cipher……
Dave Sturt and Theo Travis have been developing their own original film scores since 1996 utilizing contemporary digital sound-processing techniques, acoustic instruments, voices and natural sounds. Their music features the use of looping technology, effects, improvisation, and melodic composition. The music is intense, emotional, often dark, spontaneous and lyrical.

the workshops…….some venues will be running workshops on the day of the performance – please ring to check.  They will demonstrate how to create a soundtrack and will give people a chance to play to a scene from the film. The workshop will include basic improvisation techniques, ‘capturing a mood’, exploring musical themes, using music technology in live performance and discovering the hidden potential of musical instruments. Interested musicians of all ages and all standards welcome.

our sponsors…….

A very big thank you to the following sponsors who have helped make this happen – Arts Council England, Derbyshire County Council and The QUAD, Derby

The MACE Full Circle Film Search Project 2011 – A photo re-cap and What’s On in 2012!

 Happy New Year!!

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Photography:  © Lucie Kerley 

Over the past year and a half the MACE Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project’s search for film has really taken off! We’ve been busy visiting numerous towns, cities and villages across the East & West Midlands in order to collect nearly 200 old cinefilm collections, meet depositors and hold screenings of newly digitised archive film collections found during the projects search for the Midlands Homemovies!

With nearly 70 film screenings under our belt to date and with a projected 100 more screenings planned for 2012, we are excited to say that with the help of our hardworking Community & History groups, we have truly been able to reunite  local  communities with their digitised screen heritage.
The film collections that have been found by the 70 or more Midlands based Full Circle groups helping out with the project will  be preserved at the MACE’s, Lincoln University based, new Archive Film Store facility after the project has ended.
The next chapter of the project will now see us working through the remaining collections that have come in over the past few months, by preparing them for digitisation and screening in the Local community from where they were originally shot.
There will also be a number of  film screenings with live musical accompaniment by Cipher – which is a small orchestra led by Dave Sturt, and musicians from Sinphonia ViVa! based in Derbyshire.
The screenings will focus on  a series of beautiful & arresting images from material in the collections that have been found by MACE’s Full Circle film search and will take place at a number of venues across the East and West Midlands. (Dates, times and ‘how to buy tickets’ info will be posted at a later date.)
08/03/12 – Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
09/03/12 – The Hub – National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford
27/03/12 – South Holland Centre, Spalding
25/05/12 – Holymoorside Village Hall, Chesterfield
27/05/12 – The Broadway, Nottingham
30/05/12 – Solihull Arts Complex
24/06/12 – The Ritz cinema, Belper
27/06/12 – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
29/06/12 – The Public, West Bromwich
07/07/12 – The Quad, Derby
08/07/12 – Gothic Warehouse, Cromford
19/07/12 – Stamford Arts Centre

If you have any cine film, tape or moving image material relating to the Midlands region and want to know how you can preserve these items for years to come and have relevant material digitised as part of the Full Circle Project, please get in touch with:

Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Project Curator: Community & Acquisition – 07919 896 505 or 01522 837756 (Wednesday’s) email:

To learn more about the Full Circle Project, and check out the MACE website  for more Midlands film gems!

Today at Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum – “bring along your films and home-movies” day: Thursday 2pm – 6pm

Ruddington Framework Knitters' Museum

Today at the museum everyone is welcome to bring along their films and home-movies. The museum has joined the Full Circle film search project and is hosting today’s event. Kay Ogilvie senior curator for Full Circle will be there to talk to you about preserving your films for now and for future generations to enjoy. Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum Chapel Street Ruddington Nottingham NG11 6HE. From 2pm to 6pm.

Telephone: 01159 846 914

Have a go at knitting socks on this machine!

To find out more about the Full Circle visit

Back to the Past at Alfreton Leisure Centre this Sunday 23rd October a day of films, books, talks and more….


An Invitation to all Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Museums, Heritage Groups, Local Historical & Genealogical Societies & Community Groups to join with us to celebrate  Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Heritage,  ALFRETON LEISURE CENTRE, Church Street, Alfreton, DE55 7BD  10am to 4pm  Children 16 and under Free, Adults £1

Come and see Kay, senior curator of Full Circle at the Full Circle stall and find out how your films can be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Mr and Mrs Alvey and Tony Fisher, vice-chair Alfreton Heritage Trust with the Fred Alvey film collection! We will be screening some of Fred's films on Sunday.....

The Fred Alvey films were shot by Roy’s brother Fred Alvey. He started filming in 1955. A film enthusiast, Fred also put on public film shows at Alfreton town hall in the 1970s. The collection, which Roy has kindly donated to the archive, includes footage of the Cromford Raft Races. The collection also includes some 1950s 8mm footage shot from the window of a moving car, depicting a complete journey from Alfreton to Derby.

The Fred Alvey film collection has now been preserved at MACE'S climatically-controlled film archive and copies made onto DVD for the family and community to view

In order to achieve this, the camera was mounted inside the car, and the footage filmed by shooting still frames at intervals, a kind of stop-motion effect similar to that used in animation films. The final film, when played back, appears dramatically speeded up, and takes the viewer on a whirlwind tour of the area. The footage offers a fascinating insight into everyday life and street scenes which are often neglected by filmmaker in favour of family events or special occasions.

Organiser: ALFRETON & DISTRICT HERITAGE TRUST Vice Chair – Paul Nichols Tel 01773 604809 In Conjunction With: JACKSDALE AREA CULTURE & HERITAGE Secretary – Carol Taylor-Cockayne Tel 01773 603440 Email:

If you have any films or moving image that you would like to share with the community and preserve for future generations to enjoy then contact Kay Ogilvie, senior curator on

Clarks of Retford – Dyeing, Dry Cleaning and Laundering Business deposit film with Full Circle…….

Bill Clark is the 6th generation of a long line of Clarks whose ancester, Hezekiah, established an early dyeing business in Retford in 1798. Dry cleaning and laundering developed necessitating a move to what became Hallcroft Works in Retford.Bill has searched his attic and found  reels of film relating to the Clark dyeing and dry cleaning business – he is depositing these with Full Circle at MACE. We will be making copies of these reels of 16mm film onto DVD and making them available for viewing.Just one of over 100 laundry and dry cleaning shops that were part of the Clark industry. The Clarks were responsible for developing the early stages of dyeing non natural fabrics like Rayon.

Bill still has his father’s Bell and Howell 16mm film projector in full working order!The business all started when Hezekiah Clark came from Derby in the 1780s to work at the Revolution Mill as a dyer. After that failed he set up on  his own as a dyer in Retford in 1798.Bill inherited this film collection from his Father. His Father made films of the dry cleaning and dyeing business,  holidays, family weddings from the 1930s to the 1970s, local scenes e.g. of St Saviour’s at Retford, the Easter Market at Retford and other footage that is not labelled. There are many reels of film that need assessing and cataloguing and Bill and Jennifer will be booking sessions to view some of their films at the MACE viewing room, when we move to new premises at the University of Lincoln.Retford Civic Society are in the process of commissioning a wall mural commemorating some  historical aspects of Retford and reference to the Clark Laundry will be featured. Another reference to the Clark industry is in the street name: “Dyers Court” in Retford. The photo below shows the well being  dug which supplied water for the Dye works at Grove Street, Retford.
These photos are taken from Bill’s manuscript: ‘Retford and District Historical and Archaeological Society Review 40th Anniversary Issue (1967 – 2007)’. Bill has a great story to tell and will be working on another manuscript soon.

Bill has kept his father’s 16mm Bolex cine camera which is still in working condition and  ran on clockwork.

Film is an important part of our heritage and we would love to hear from you if you have any reels of  film hidden away in cupboards, drawers, sheds or attics and are not sure what to do with them. Depositing them with a film archive is probably the best thing for the films as they will be stored in proper archival conditions and will be kept safely for future generations to enjoy.

Celebrate the Luddite uprising of 1811 at Derby Assembly Rooms Tuesday 21st June with Ruddington Framework Knitting Museum and Full Circle footage

James Redwood, composer works on his new oratorio written in partnership with Hazel Gould

Sinfonia VIVA returns with a brand new oratorio written by James Redwood and Hazel Gould in partnership with Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum and Bolsover District Council and Full Circle footage is being used as part of the performance! This is to mark the 200th anniversary of the Luddite uprising. 180 young people from across Derby and Bolsover will join Sinfonia VIVA to perform this new work themed around the Luddites.

The interactive afternoon performance is specifically designed for primary school groups, with supporting materials linked to the national curriculum provided in advance to help prepare schools for the concert.

To book for the evening performance which is open to the public contact Derby Live on 01332 255800

Marianne Barraclough, Hazel Gould, Audrey Winkler (Chair of Ruddington Framework Knitters' Museum & James Redwood work together on planning the event

Tipton Harriers celebrate their 100th Birthday and promote their Full Circle Film Search at local library.

Keith Atkins promotes the Full Circle Project at Tipton Library.

On Saturday, 11th September the Tipton Harriers celebrated their 100th Birthday and Tipton Library it’s 10th! Members of the public were invited to come and celebrate the occasion with a slice of cake and a look back at the History of the Tipton Community, the prestigious Tipton Harriers and a celebration of sport in the area.

Keith Hodgkins & members of Tipton Civic Society

Tipton Harriers, Keith Atkins organised the event with the help of Robert Hazel of Tipton Library. The day was a great success with people stopping by throughout the day to enjoy the displays of sporting memorabilia and catch a climpse of members of the Tipton Harriers, both past & present!

Appearances were made by the likes of Tony Milovsorov – former G.B international, Peter Griffiths – former Welsh International Steeplechaser and Martin Williams – G.B International Marathon runner.

Tipton Harrier – Tony Milovsorov – former GB International

There was even a Birthday cake to celebrate the Tipton Harriers 100th Year and Tipton Library’s 10th Birthday.

On show were sporting memorabilia from celebrated members of the Harriers, including Jack Holden, and a powerpoint presentation with Tipton Harrier member profiles and a Full Circle screening of archive footage of  a Tipton Harrier Boxing Day morning handicap race from 1967, courtesy of Roy Langford – also a former Tipton Harrer 100 – 220m runner. Roy’s wife bought him the cine camera as a present  and this was the 3rd or 4th film that he took. The Tipton Harriers Centenary Project is working alongside Full Circle, to search for film or home-movies made in the Midlands that might hold the key to understanding more about our screen heritage.

Roy Langford created his own home-movies of the Tipton Harriers.

Roy Langford’s Tipton Harriers Boxing Day morning Handicap race, 1967

Also on display was a Tipton Harrier vest for everyone to sign alongside the likes of Tipton Harrier – Jack Corfield – the fastest man in the E.U over 2 miles in the 1950’s, to celebrate the special occasion.

Keith Atkins and volunteers of the Centenary Archive Project invited members of the community along to deposit or share any of their own memories of Tipton Harriers.

If you have any information or memorabilia relating to the Tipton Harriers such as:

Old photographs/reels of film/homemovies – digital & tape 



Race results 






Tipton 10 Mile Race Results 



Club magazines 



Club badges & stickers 



Newspaper cuttings 



Club Ties 



Race programmes 



Old club memorabilia 



Please get in touch with Chris Holloway:


Keith Atkins: Tel:  01902 674 335

Tipton Harriers display of sporting memorabilia at Tipton Library

Tipton Harrier – Jack Holden

Tipton Harrier Martin Williams and Robert Hazel award prizes to the children who took part in the competition

Tipton Harriers Sports Ground

On Sunday 10th October 2010 – The Tipton Harriers invite you to an informal gathering at the Tipton Sports Academy to celebrate 100 years of Tipton Harriers which members (past & present) are invited with their friends & families. The reunion is due start around 5.00pm and is part of a number of activities being staged by the Harriers on the day.

It is hoped that a large number of past members will be able to attend. There will be a chance to catch up with old friends and rivals!
We will also be taking the opportunity to show a number of the cine films that we have been able to collect and transfer into a modern format. These include the samples from the famous ‘Tony Phillips Collection’ from the 1960’s & 70’s, as well as some short clips from a Boxing Day Handicap (in the 1960’s) and samples from Road Runners Club Archives and, hopefully, a few surprises as well.
For more information contact Chris Holloway –

Photographs courtesy of Lucie Kerley © 2010