Sneaky Peak Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Cipher’s Rehearsal of Upcoming ‘Past Lives’ Musical/ Archive Film Performance


Cipher

Over the past year and a half the @MACEarchive Media Archive for Central England‘s, @HeritageLottery Funded, Full Circle Project Curators Kay Ogilvie (@KayOgilvie) and Lucie Kerley (@luciekerley) have worked alongside local community and history groups throughout the midlands to collect over 200+ home-movie, industrial and amateur film collections relating to the East and West Midlands.

One of our West Midlands Full Circle Groups Norman Bartlam and the TNT News Team with the Mayoress Councillor Ward at a film screening event in Ladywood, Birmingham.

Dave Sturt and his creative musical troup – 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.

Cipher's Dave and Theo

Cipher's Dave and Tony

MACE were delighted to be able to work with Cipher to give these previously hidden, film heritage gems new musical accompaniment in order to bring these silent home-movies to life! For more information see here.

Cipher during a rehearsal session of "Past Lives".

For tickets, please contact the venues directly.

Tour Dates:

08/03/12 – Lincoln Performing Arts Centre T: 01522 837600

09/03/12 – The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford      T: 01529 308710

27/03/12 – South Holland Centre, Spalding T: 01775 764 777

25/05/12 – Holymoorside Village Hall, Chesterfield  T: 01246 567118 or 861997

27/05/12 – The Broadway, Nottingham T: 0115 952 6600

30/05/12 – Solihull Arts Complex T: 0121 704 6962

24/06/12 – The Ritz cinema, Belper T: 01773 822 224

27/06/12 – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry T: 024 7652 4524

29/06/12 – The Public, West Bromwich  T: 0121 533 7161

07/07/12 – The Quad, Derby T: 01332 290606

08/07/12 – Gothic Warehouse, Cromford  T: 01629 824297

19/07/12 – Stamford Arts Centre T: 01780 763 20

http://www.cipher.f9.co.uk/index.htm

The music is composed by renowned musicians Theo Travis(flute, sax – David Sylvian, Steven Wilson, Robert Fripp) andDave 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 renownedSinfonia ViVA

Past Lives Rehearsal with digitally projected Full Circle films in the background.

Chair of Belbroughton History Society and Full Circle Depositor Sarah Bradley chats with pupils at Belbroughton Primary School during a screening of some local archive films from the MACE Full Circle Project.

Child engaging with vintage cine-film camera that was found during the MACE Full Circle Project at BBC Reel History Event in Leicester.

Dave Sturt chats to Sarah Bradley about her father's beautifully shot cinefilm collection, some of which will feature in the Past Lives performance.

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 willinclude 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 – The Heritage Lottery, Arts Council England, Derbyshire County Council and The QUAD, Derby

For more information about Dave Sturt or Cipher check out:
http://www.session-bass-guy.com
http://www.myspace.com/davesturt
http://www.cipher.f9.co.uk
http://www.jadewarrior.com
http://www.planetgong.co.uk
http://www.billnelson.com
 

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: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

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


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: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

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

TNT Ladywood News Team’s History Show wows Ladywood residents by revisiting @MACEarchive ATV News stories & Full Circle film screening


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Earlier this month the wonderful TNT News Team & Ladywood History Group put on a fantastic exhibition and film screening event which ran over two days, 9th-10th December. It was held at the Parish Church of St John and St Peter, Darnley Road, just off Monument Road, Ladywood, Birmingham.

It was a fantastic day in the beautiful renovated church, complete with exhibition boards featuring local news stores and event covered by both the TNT News Team and Ladywood History Group’s Norman Bartlam, over the past 10 years or more. The event, which was attended by over 300 people over the course of the weekend, was a huge success and an opportunity for the younger members of the Ladywood community to show people the amazing work they had produced being part of TNT News Team.

When TNT & Ladywood History Group first got involved in the MACE (Media Archive for Central England) Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project, they were excited to see which ATV and Midlands News stories were held on film and preserved by MACE. The groups decided to breath new life into the stories and revisit them in 2011 to see how things had changed. They have put together a compilation of their work – The History Show, TNT News November 2011 – to be preserved at MACE for future generations to enjoy for years to come.

The TNT News - The History Show - November 2011 Compilation on DVD - revisiting stories from ATV and Midlands News, held at MACE.

Members of the community that had been featured in stories captured on camera by TNT came to visit the exhibition and also Mayoress Councillor Ward also gave her stamp of approval to the young people’s hard work and urged members of the community not to forget that our past is just as important as our future and should be preserved in the best way possible.

Mayoress Councillor Ward attended the TNT News & Ladywood History Group's 10th Anniversary Celebratory film screening event.

MACE's brand new film and tape store at the University of Lincoln funded by Revitalising the Regions.

If you have any cine film, tape or moving image material relating to Ladywood, Birmingham or the wider 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: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html

Photography ©Lucie Kerley

Tonight! Saturday 26th November 7pm – Film screening at The Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Mill….


Film screening venue: The Gothic Warehouse Cromford Mill, Derbyshire

The Arkwright Society in Cromford, setting for the World Heritage Cromford Mills site is hosting the first Full Circle film screening in this area.  We are pleased to be screening local films of Matlock and Matlock Bath, Cromford, Ripley and much much more. These films came to light through the film searches carried out by local groups as part of this Heritage Lottery Funded project, developed by MACE – the screen archive for the Midlands.

Phyllis Higton holding her father Harry Gill's camera

This unseen footage was deposited with MACE by Phyllis Higton, daughter of the locally famous photographer Harry Gill. Another local resident, also called Phyllis,  deposited some lovely local footage of the Starkholmes Carnival  with MACE filmed by her father.

Carnival queen at Starkholmes carnival - Phyllis Wayne Collection


IN AN AGE WHEN the media was limited to newspapers and the wireless, Harry Gill followed an unusual occupation. He was a press photographer: moreover, he was one of an elite handful who chose to follow the uncertain, though exciting, freelance route. For nearly 50 years there were few picture and news editors on local and regional papers in the North and Midlands unfamiliar with Harry Gill’s work. And, gradually as his contacts and experience grew, he was used increasingly by national newspapers. The by-line on the back of prints – Photo by H. Gill, Bradley House, Dale Road, Matlock – became acknowledged as a by-word for reliability and professionalism. Michael Fay

If you have any films or moving image that you would like to put in safekeeping and to share with the community please contact Kay Ogilvie, senior curator Full Circle project kay.ogilvie@ tiscali.co.uk  and to find out more visit http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html

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.

Cannon Hill People’s Park celebrates their Victorian Open Weekend with a spot of archive film!


Last weekend, Saturday 18th- Sunday 19th June, the Cannon Hill People’s Park put on yet again another fantastic community event! The film was another excellent opportunity to screen some of the archive film found by MACE’s Full Circle Project relating to areas such as Balsall Heath and also Cannon Hill Park in an open air environment.

Cannon Hill People’s Park Friends joined with the Adult Services of Conductive Education in Birmingham to pay tribute to the Victorian Ms Louisa Ryland whose gave Cannon Hill Park in 1873 as well as many other gifts to the Town of her birth.
A history detectives house exhibition by the Park friends, with local history groups in Victorian dress brought the history of Birmingham’s Victorian social scene alive.  A MACE Full Circle Project archive film shows in the garden featured life in the local areas and Cannon Hill Park from the 1930s to 1970s, which people enjoyed with the Victorian Tea Tent, croquet, plant and bric a brac stalls. Throughout the weekend the Mayor and People of Birmingham learned more about their City benefactor, the Park and open natural spaces, as well as her Victorian Villa house, with tours featuring the wonderful restoration work undertaken since the Council handed it over to the Conductive Education Institute, as well as the domestic quarters in the roof and cellars which could be seen in the original state.
Tony Fox, Chair of Cannon Hill Peoples Park
 
 “‘Who do you think we are?’ is a Peoples Park Video with the range of encounters with Victorian Birmingham in Cannon Hill Park House, once home of Louisa Ryland the Town and peoples benefactor. From health and breathing places, investment in people to supporting parks and local business, thousands of Park visitors over the Open House and Garden Weekend 18-18 June enjoyed Victorian Tea and Plants marquues, archive film shows, tours of the Grade 1 house restoration by it Conductive Education Adult Services owners, and another enjoyable day in Cannon Hill Park courtesy of Park Friends and community history alive groups.
Further local living heritage activities in the Park over ArtsFest and Heritage Open Week 8-11 Sep 2011. Details: Peoples Park Events cannonhillfriend@aol.com
www.cannonhillpeoplespark.net

MACE’s Full Circle Project Helps Cannon Hill Park put the Spring into Festival with archive film screening.


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 lk99@le.ac.uk.