WINTER OFFER – FINAL CHANCE TO BUY!


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.

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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.

 

WINTER OFFER – SNOBS AND CLOWNS: NORTHAMPTONSHIRE ON FILM


It’s two weeks until Christmas! If you’re still stuck on what to get a family member or friend, there are still two days left of our Winter Offer, and if you’re after a charming, nostalgic gift then you’re definitely in the right place!

Northamptonshire, a city well known for its shoemaking industry, grew from the rich local countryside that provided cattle for leather manufacturing. Snobs and Clowns chronicles over fifty years of filmmaking in the county through a series of rarely seen and newly restored 20th century films, including a look at British Formula One racing diver Jim Clark taking a drive at a newly resurfaced track at Silverstone in a Triumph Spitfire.

Also amongst these films is Focus on Northampton, a 1965 documentary by Anglia Television which looks at Northampton’s livestock market, theatre, schools, colleges and places of work. It also includes news packages from ATV Today including several films of Northampton’s heritage; skittle making in 1989 and a number of clips of the British Conker Championships in Ashton.

The importance of rural life in the county of “spires and squires” is shown in many of the films in this DVD compilation, from home movies made on a farm in the 1940s, to a thrilling aerial view of the county aboard a plane in 1964.

Snobs and Clowns, researched and edited by Emily Wilczek from the University of Lincoln School of Media, that are preserved at the Media Archive for Central England (MACE).

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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.

WINTER OFFER – SHROPSHIRE LIVES


Whether you’re celebrating Christmas at home or at an extended family gathering of aunts, nephews, grandfathers and third cousins, we all have our traditions. The city of Shropshire is no different…

Shropshire Lives is a charming compilation of short films from the rural county made up of towns and villages which have their own unique traditions and stories to tell. For example, hear Harry Rogers talk of his family’s 300 year tradition of coracle making, and also Clee Hill poet and musician, Dennis Crowther tell local yarns and sing songs to his accordion in 1978.

While a county full of tradition, Shropshire is also steeped in heritage. The longest river in England, the Severn, flows through the county under the world renowned symbol of the industrial revolution, The Iron Bridge, and through this DVD you can listen to reports from 1968 and 1980 on the historic link between Much Wenlock and the Olympic Games, and see the Bridgenorth Congregational Church begin to transform into the Theatre in the Steps in 1965.

These films provide a snapshot of some of the people and places of the county and a glimpse into every day lives in the period, including some of the wonderful characters who were known well in their own communities and an eclectic mix of occupations, including grass cutting, creel making and stunt horse-riding!

Shropshire Lives, researched and produced by Neil Kendall from the University of Lincoln’s School of Media is now preserved at the Media Archive for Central England.

B008M6Y8G6To 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.

WINTER OFFER – WORCESTERSHIRE ON FILM


Only 18 days until Christmas! If you haven’t started Christmas Shopping already, now is a good time to start and what better present to give than the gift of nostalgia?

A county filled to the brim with history and cultural heritage, Worcestershire is a place of rolling countryside’s, rivers, towns, villages and communities rich in manufacturing and farming, from market gardening in the Vale of Evesham to carpet making in Kidderminster.

In a film produced and edited by acclaimed filmmaker Andy McKay, with help from the Lincoln School of Media, you have the opportunity to witness rare and newly restored films ranging from the 1920’s to the 1980’s.

Whether it is from shots of Winston Churchill’s visit to Worcester on 20th May, featuring a glimpse of the newly discovered letters between Churchill and the city’s mayor from 1945, or from the historic footage of the 1969 demolition of the house on Rainbow Hill where Sir Edward Elgar died, you are guaranteed to discover previously uncovered hidden gems.

The film also features a variety of more footage ranging from news reports from ATV, including the village reaction to the possible sale of Bredon church spire to America in 1968, to a focus on industry with a 1925 film illustrating carpet making in Kidderminster and a look at needle making in Redditch in 1968.

Conviently organised into seven themes, Worcestershire on Film allows you to choose how you want to make your exploration of twentieth century Worcestershire.

59To 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.

WINTER OFFER – FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND: HOLIDAYS ON THE LINCOLNSHIRE COAST


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.

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WINTER OFFER – BIRMINGHAM


It’s only the fifth day of our Winter Offer, so there’s still plenty of time to grab yourself a copy or two from Midlands on Film collection, an amazing gift for anyone at Christmas time! Why not start at the rebuilding of Birmingham, to create the city we know and love today?

Regenerating Birmingham offers an insight into the journey taken by Birmingham’s city engineer Herbert Manzoni and his team of architects and builders, and their quest to transform the centre of Birmingham from a bastion of Victorian elegance and civic pride into a thoroughly modern metropolis, through the most ambitious and radical building projects the city had ever experienced.

In the process Manzoni picked up the gauntlet of housing Birmingham’s citizens in homes ‘fit for heroes’ and set about eradicating remnants of the notorious ‘back-to-back’ houses and yards that blighted the life of the city’s poorest.
Regenerating Birmingham also includes a series of films made at the time by the city’s Public Works Department as well as regional news reports from ATV. Expert opinion is provided by well-known Birmingham historian, Carl Chinn MBE, chair of Community History at the University of Birmingham.
Using a selection of films preserved at MACE, Mike Mason charts the progress of this seemingly impossible mission and acknowledges the spirit and intentions of this noble and necessary project, that was to become the focus of so much negativity in the closing decades of the last millennium.
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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.

WINTER OFFER – MADE IN LEICESTER


Happy December everyone! We hope you are all wrapping up warm and settling into the Christmas spirit!

Today marks the fourth day of our exclusive 12 day Winter Offer on our Midlands on Film collection and today we’ll be honouring Made in Leicester.

Leicester is home to the largest outdoor market in Europe, and has even been dubbed as ‘Britain’s Favourite Market’ by many across the country. Our film, presented and narrated by Leicester’s own Rosemary Conley, not only celebrates Leicester Market, but also delves into the history surrounding the market and its traders with contributions from current market holders as well as Leicester’s first elected mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby.

The city also had a global reputation for being at the forefront of manufacturing. ‘Leicester Clothes the World’ was an apt slogan with around 100 distinct industries from hosiery to boot and shoe making. Engineering also became a major industry in Leicester with well-known brands like the Imperial Typewriter Company based in the city.

This 60 minute DVD was researched, written and compiled by multimedia content producer Radica Wright at the University of Lincoln’s School of Media and mixes new interviews with archive films of the market and manufacturing dating back to the 1920s up to the 1980s, all preserved at the Media Archive for Central England.

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.B008M6Y8F2