Walsall Sea Scouts Archive Film Screening @ The Crossing

                                          3RD  WALSALL  SEA  SCOUTS  PRESENTS          

     THE  KINESCOUT  PRODUCTIONS  1929  –  1957


Tickets £3.50 and all proceeds will go to Walsall Sea Scouts.


With help from MACE’s Heritage Lottery funded Full Circle Project plus some Government funding a set of old films have been restored and put onto DVD in order that they may be shown to members of the public at St Pauls the Crossing Walsall.

The footage includes a 30 minute long synopsis of a feature film “Haunted  Harbour” inCops and Robbers” using members of the 3rd Walsall Sea Scouts to act out comical scenes. The script for this particular film was written by the nationally renowned Boys Book author and friend of Lord Baden Powell Percy Westerman.

Although supposedly depicting scenes from other parts of the country, all the filming was done in Walsall and it will be apparent to a local audience that the end of the Bridge at Potter Heigham is actually the White Heart Hotel in Caldmore!  There are also scenes shot in and around the old Sister Dora Hospital.

Interesting fact: Did you know the Walsall Sea Scouts were part of the team that organised the 1948 Olympic Sailing Team. 

It is not only a record of what our young Walsall people were doing in the mid 1900`s but an historical record of things of popular interest and an insight to some of the thoughts on how modern technology might be developed in the future (our time now) all with a comic turn! 

The films themselves will be stored from now on at MACE in their humidity and temperature controlled archive store, as they are considered to be of historical interest.

Photography © Lucie Kerley


Tonight at 7:30pm: Come and enjoy a MACE Full Circle Screening of Herefordshire related Archive Film at Fownhope Memorial Hall £3 admission refreshments provided

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
email: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

See you tonight!






Bring your memories to the Museum! Herefordshire Heritage Service joins Full Circle hunt for home-movies!


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: 

Heritage Services
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: lk99@le.ac.uk or Call: 0116 252 5931 / 07919 896 505.  

For information about MACE please visit http://www.macearchive.org

Dudley Archive’s get involved in Full Circle Community film search

Dudley Archives & Local History Service

Dudley Archives & Local History Service are excited to become one of the 60 partner organisations in the Midlands that will take place in the Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle project. 

“Dudley Archives and Local History Service holds over 1 mile of original archive material, including business ledgers, maps and school records; more than 80,000 books and pamphlets and around 18,000 images, relating to Dudley borough.”

 The Archive is now on a hunt for previously unseen films hidden away in the Dudley communities.  Archivist – Gillian Roberts  expressed her delight in participating in the project which she feels will be a great way of getting members of the Dudley Communities connected with their screen heritage. 

The Archives are often involved in many local projects – and are interested in preserving the heritage of their community through both Oral and Visual Historical Records. The areas covered by Dudley Archives include Stourbridge, Halesowen, Brierley Hill, Dudley and Sedgeley. All have very distinctive histories and would be a great place to start searching for old film.

The Archives will act as a point of contact for members of the community wishing to get involved in Full Circle and also as a collection point for people wishing to deposit film.

Contact Details

Dudley Archives and Local History Service
Mount Pleasant Street
West Midlands
WV14 9JR
Tel: 01384 812770

The Times Newspaper – 20th February 2010

Our home movies deserve another look

– as priceless historical treasures

by Richard Morrison

Published in The Times newspaper

Saturday 20th February 2010

As a boy, my heart always sank in the first week of September. Of course, the new school year loomed like a dismal black cloud. But that was also the week when my uncle – the proud and indeed boastful owner of a priceless luxury item know as a “cine-camera” – would put on a film show, for which he would command the attendance of the entire Morrison clan plus any neighbours not quick-witted enough to have a prior engagement. Unfortunately, his films were invariably interminable, fuzzily focused chronicles of his annual holiday in Torquay. (Actually I do him a disservice. Sometimes he went to Paignton). They seemed entirely unedited. Every seagull in Devon had its moment in the frame. Ever since then I have shuddered involuntarily at the very words “home movies”.

Yet home movies have often captured fantastic, momentous or terrifying incidents that professional camera crews missed. Just as important, they provide a unique record of changing social trends over the past century. Or they would do, if the nation’s collective mountain of reels, cassette-tapes and (more recently) computer hard-drives could be properly sifted, catalogued and preserved.

This week the Heritage Lottery Fund announced a £440,000 grant to help an organisation to do exactly that. The Media Archive for Central England (MACE), based at the University of Leicester, has devised a project called Full Circle – a name that pithily captures its purpose. MACE hopes to persuade ordinary people in the Midlands to dig out dusty reels of videos that record significant local events. These will be assessed for historical importance, processed, and returned to the community in a form that can be easily accessed for study or entertainment.

MACE is one of eight such archives in the English regions dealing with moving images. All aim to connect people with their screen heritage. Unlike the British Film Institute, which holds 300,000 films of national significance dating back to the dawn of film in 1895, these regional archives concentrate on films with local connections. Even so, they are treasure troves of historical material, much of it quirky and surprising. The oldest in MACE’s collection, for instance, is a little French film called Alpine Adventure, dating from 1897 (it happened to be unearthed in the Midlands). It also has footage of troops leaving for the Boer War. Such material is as valuable for bringing school history lessons to life as for reviving memories among older generations.

It is admirable that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which most people associate with ruined castles and archaeological digs, has become involved in preserving the equally important heritage of film and sound recordings. Over the past 15 years it has poured £26 million of lottery money into 65 projects in his field. That sounds a lot. But those are one-off grants for specific, high-profile tasks such as Full Circle. The challenge is to keep the collections open, day by day, on a tiny sliver of public funding – less than £5 million a year, shared by all the film archives of England, Scotland and Wales. Because Hollywood movies regularly boast squillion-dollar budgets, people imagine that the film world is awash with cash. As far as the unglamorous but vital task of preserving old film is concerned, that’s certainly not the case. We need to put our priceless archives on a much firmer financial footing.

But we also need to cherish the digital films being made by ordinary people today as lovingly as previous generations cherished their own flickering movies. It’s a strange paradox that the oldest moving –picture medium – film reels- should be the best preserved, while videos storied on computers are often erased or lost when people upgrade their software or buy a new PC. “Perhaps VHS tapes and computer hard-drives don’t have the magic of the old film reels” says James Patterson, the director of MACE.

That has to change. Future generations will be enthralled by films of everyday life in early 21st century Britain, just as today’s television audiences lap up the Edwardian movies of Mitchell and Kenyon that were rediscovered in the 1990s. But first we have to preserve our movies for them. Scour your family collections now, and get the best stuff to an archive near you! But, please no seagulls hovering over Torquay.