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!


Aston on Trent Local History Group jump aboard the Full Circle quest for film


Aston on Trent Local History Group Committee (L - R) Fred Hinds / Richard Coates / John Holloway / Carole Bagnall (Chairperson) / Dixie Dean / Liz Whitaker / Bob Read / Barry Thompson

 

 So far the Media Archive for Central England has had a fantastic response from Community groups wishing to participate in the Full Circle project. The Aston on Trent Local History Group is no exception and were determined to get involved! They are a dynamic and fast growing part of the Aston on Trent Community and have been running for six years with over 60 people regularly attending their monthly programme of speakers and visits.

John Holloway, a member of Aston on Trent LHG, told Full Circle that the group thought the project was “an innovative and valuable idea”. He explained that they plan to promote their search for film through local contacts, village notice boards, magazines and their monthly meetings where they will put the word out for videos and cinefilms from residents who had footage depicting past events, people and occasions over the last forty or fifty years. After putting out their request for film John explained that within a few weeks they had around fifteen finds and are convinced there is more out there. The group are even going to motivate members of the community who are ‘car-booters’ to scour for old home video or cine footage that may have been thrown out!

 “It really is a ‘win-win’ project and I defy anybody not to be fascinated by scenes from the past.”

Visitors pore over the History Group's heritage images at their 'History of Aston' photo exhibition. All Saints' Parish Church, Aston on Trent, 2009

By participating in The Full Circle project the Aston on Trent LHG believe that they will be able to raise the profile of local history, and provide a fascinating and permanent record of village life – which not only will be a fantastic resource to offer local schools wishing to add to their curriculum, but will also provide material for their monthly meetings.

“We share a belief that recording, developing and maintaining our 1300 year old history should be conducted with as much community involvement as possible and with around £70,000 of grant funding over the last few years we’ve run plenty of projects involving all ages, the village school, individuals and groups, producing DVDs, publications, oral reminiscences, photo exhibitions and a vast archive of thousands of photos and hundreds of valuable documents and artefacts. We now have the funding to develop a village Heritage Centre to display, store and make available our resources for the public.”

 For more information about Aston on Trent LHG please visit:

http://www.astonontrenthistory.org.uk

Another Hidden Gem -The Alison Cinavas Film Collection.


Alison Cinavas with her Father's film collection

The Full Circle project has been given yet another gem of a film collection. This time by Alison Cinavas, whose father filmed family holidays and  other events from the 1960s onwards.

Some of these hidden gems include footage of  the 1960 FA Cup Final – Wolves v. Aston Villa. (Billy Wright who played for Wolves was a minor media personality, and his marriage to Joy Beverley of the Beverley Sisters  was one of the most successful showbiz marriages of its time).

Other highlights include early footage of YHA, Drayton Manor, Belbroughton and camping nr Aberdovey.

This collection on 8mm film is being processed and clips will be available to view on the MACE website in the forthcoming months.

This deposit is part of the Full Circle project.

Please visit our website for more details. http://www.macearchive.org
Kay Ogilvie Senior Curator, Full Circle Telephone: 01629 823495 or Email: kay.ogilvie@tiscali.co.uk

Pat Keeling Leicester Model Agency’s Film Collection arriving in January!


 

The Pat Keeling Leicester Model Agency Collection

Pat Keeling started her modeling career in 1969 when the hosiery industry in Leicester was buoyant and tights had just come into fashion with the launch of the mini skirt.

 Pat says. “At the time Leicester was at its peak in the  hosiery industry and because I had a good pair of legs I ended up on the cover of packs of tights and stockings – Pretty Polly, Elle and Christian Dior”.

Things really took off in 1972 when she became the BBC’s Golden Girl and this opened the door for many radio, TV and personal appearances. Her modeling assignments took her as far afield as Iran and in 1973 she came third in the Miss UK contest. Other titles followed, including Miss Leicester City FC in 1974.


Realising that a model’s life was limited, Pat started her own modeling agency in Leicester in 1977. While still taking on modeling assignments, she now focused on the agency. The agency’s reputation for professionalism and excellence grew.

Highlights of Pat’s collection include Fantastic fashion shows  which were produced for the Leicester Mercury at De Montfort Hall throughout the 80’s and 90’s featuring local Leicester people. The agency choreographed and produced  shows for Next plc, George, Adams Kids, John Lewis, BHS, Mothercare, Tesco, Matalan and The Clothes Show Live, to name but a few. .

Photographic work for models of all ages from babies to pensioners and promotions throughout the UK were and still are everyday business.

MACE are looking forward to receiving this collection in January.

Pat Keeling Model Agency – 38 Northgate Street, Leicester, LE3 5BY. Tel: 0116 262 2540 Fax: 0116 253 7712

http://www.patkeelingagency.co.uk/

Mablethorpe Visions Foundation join Full Circle’s film search and come up trumps!


Open Day Event. Mablethorpe Team & Mayor

One of our East Midlands Full Circle groups, Visions Foundation, have started their film search and found something!

As a result of a fun-filled Open Day at the Boatshed, in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire members of the public were invited to come and speak to the Full Circle representatives. John Gregory, Terry Stowe and the team, which includes George Minkley, Rosy Rich and Peter Early, helped introduced members of the public to the Full Circle project and why the search for home movie footage of the Midlands is important. Following it’s success, the Open Day was advertised in the local newspaper ‘The Leader’ and has since generated a great deal of interest.

Visions Foundation say they are still very excited about the project and look forward to seeing what other material comes their way.

Mablethorpe Visions Foundation Article in The Leader Newspaper

Member of the public, Peter Taylor, has just deposited a large collection of 40 reels of film, with lots of footage on Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea, Sheffield, Derbyshire and outings by the Caledonian Society.

Visions Mablethorpe collects Peter Taylor film collection

“As time went by it became obvious that in order to achieve the ‘Visions Vision’ to promote community film making, we could no longer continue with the small amount of equipment we had plus our own personal equipment that was failing fast. “

Visions Team Cameraman, George Minkley.

 

Senior Curator Kay Ogilvie explains Full Circle project.

 

“There was also a need to improve the quality of our work as technology advanced. With the help from Lincolnshire Community Champions and the Lincolnshire Community Foundation, in the form of grants we were able to step up a level and become more   proactive in the area and record all our work in High Definition, the standard that is now required. With the additional equipment we now have, we have been able tackle bigger projects and loan out equipment for others to use. But there is still a long way to go to achieve our goal. “

Terry shows equipment hired out to groups to encourage film-making in Mablethorpe

 “The Visions Foundation as it has now become, a far more professional looking organisation and the high standards we set are being maintained. The Foundation is a not for profit organisation and every penny made helps pay the cost.”

Screening of The Will Do's animation at The Boatshed for the Mayor & Mayoress

So if you If you have any film, tape or moving image material, that relates to the Full Circle film search , or have experience in amateur filmmaking or would like to learn, or  even have a project you would like to film or need our help with, why not call in and see Terry Stow & John Gregory at the Boatshed.  Members of the team are available Mondays and Tuesday 10am till 2pm.

The Boatshed. Visions Foundation, Mablethorpe.

The Boatshed
Victoria Road
Mablethorpe
Lincolnshire
LN12 2AJ

Call 01507 473002 /478590

http://www.visions.org.uk/index.php

 Remember, The Visions Foundation’s motto  “Todays Happenings are Tomorrow’s History”.

Home Movies are just so fashionable right now!


MACE and Full Circle are delighted at the level of publicity and exposure The Great British Home Movie Roadshow series, currently being aired on BBC Two, is generating. It truly highlights just how important it is that we find these previously unseen amateur films, home movies and records of British life and ensure that they are preserved for future generations. The Home Movie Roadshow offers a fascinating insight into the important role that Moving Image Materials have played in our lives over the past century.

With funding from the Heritage Lottery the Full Circle project aims to work alongside Local History Societies & Community groups in both East & West Midlands and help them undertake searches for hidden film, tape or video that may be stowed away in their community. So far the project has gathered interest from a number of sources, such as the BBC, Derby QUAD, Dudley Archives & Rural Media, to name but a few,  and has attracted groups from as far a field as Mansel Lacy and Fownhope, Herefordshire in the West Midlands, all the way over to the East coast to places like Woodhall Spa and Mablethorpe, in Lincolnshire. The Full Circle project,  aims to seek out film relating to the screen heritage of the Midlands and  preserve this in order to make this film accessible to members of the community to enjoy for years to come.

Should you have any Midlands related film stowed away in your attic that you wish to discuss, please get in touch with Full Circle Senior Curator: Kay Ogilvie at kay.ogilvie@tiscali.co.uk or 01629 823495

The Media Archive for Central England, also known as MACE, is an independent limited company and registered charity. It is the public sector regional film and video archive for the East and West Midlands.  Based at the University of Leicester we are part of a network of public moving image archives that collectively preserve the UK’s moving image heritage. We are also an integral part of the network of public archives and record offices across the Midlands.

Our aims are to collect, document, preserve, and subsequently provide access to the moving image heritage of the East and West Midlands. In addition we provide an information service to help people who are looking for film as well advice on how to care for moving image materials outside the archive.

“For a 100 years the British have filmed their own lives on their own cameras. What four generations have shot shows a totally different story to all the official film. It’s buried treasure, lying unseen, forgotten in thousands of attics and top draws. A priceless archive that must be saved. This is a 100 years of Britain’s Home Movies.” Excerpt from the BBC Two Home Movie Roadshow.

If  you want to hear more about the program or you have missed an episode, you can catch up and watch online using the BBC iPlayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tc4qn

The next episode of the Home Movie Roadshow is on tomorrow, Friday, 20th August at  21:00 on BBC Two.

Episode 3

3/5. In Falmouth the team see a unique record of National Service in the 50s.

MACE & Full Circle get inspired!


Today myself, @luciekerley and Emma from @MACEarchive attended the CIN Creative networking at The QUAD, Derby. Twitter @derbyquad http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/ It was a great opportunity to discuss ideas about MACE, The Media Archive for Central England and our new Heritage Lottery Funded project – Full Circle – a community film search which aims to ‘connect the midlands with it’s screen heritage’.

Today’s visit to The QUAD – Derby’s Visual Arts Gallery – was a fantastic way to meet other creative individuals, drink great coffee and see just what the Derby Arts scene has to offer. Downstairs is a BFI Mediatheque – ‘an exciting and unique collection of film and television from the British Film Institute’s National Archive – a digital jukebox featuring many of the best, the rarest and most extraordinary titles’.

Currently showing…
Heartlands: A Portrait of Derby and the East Midlands.
In association with MACE and EM:Media, the BFI and QUAD have put together a collection which explores films and tv from and about the East Midlands.

I also had the chance to see a beautiful solo exhibition by the UK and China based artist Dinu Li – ‘Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is Mystery’

I particularly enjoy the way he juxtaposes old family photographs with his own contemporary, colour, medium format shots. Using both past and present images to tell the whole story.

The exhibition highlights the importance of preserving visual family records. By doing so, we can learn so much from our ancestors and their past, and see just how our communities have been shaped over the years.

Full Circle’s search for hidden film & moving image footage of the Midlands will be a way of preserving our communities heritage, in a way that will not only benefit us but future generations too.

Li’s exhibition illuminates his continuous research into the structures defining contemporary China’s cultural development. Through a range of mediums; video, animation and performance – Li’s productions tease out the broader readings of a contemporary society – seemingly nebulous – to it’s politically turbulent past, and to it’s current status as a force of ceaseless expansion and consumption.’

Curated by Louise Clements and Alfredo Cramerotti.

Exhibition continues 3 July – 5 September.

Exhibited alongside Li’s fantastic works of art, are artists Seba Kurtis – Salam: an exploration of human trafficking and local photo studies in North Africa and Esyllt Hedd Evans – And All Because of This: an exploration of melancholy, memory and the passing of time.

and last but not least…

‘Consider This’
An exhibition of photography, film and multimedia showcasing work created by young people from Kingsmead School and Newton’s Walk Ks2 unit. ‘Consider This’ illustrates young people’s thoughts and opinions around many themes such as, Identity, Change, Safety and Healthy Lifestyles and Money.

I definitely recommend heading to The Quad asap!

Lucie Kerley

QUAD Shorts


 

Film makers in the East Midlands are being invited to apply for funding and support to produce a short film that relates in some way to the notion of ‘archive’.

QUAD, Derby’s art centre and cinema, has launched a commission programme that will have the theme of ‘HEARTLAND ARCHIVE’ at its core. 

 The theme is in response to QUAD’s hosting of the BFI’s Mediatheque (the HEARTLAND COLLECTION was curated by MACE in conjunction with the BFI) and its close relationship with MACE. 

Successful submissions will be inspired by moving image archive material that relates to the East Midlands.  This inspirational footage could be held at MACE, be accessed via the Mediatheque or from elsewhere.  

If you are interested in viewing titles held at MACE then please feel free to get in touch with Richard Shenton and he will make arrangements for it to be uploaded to our website.   

Archive Screening in Derby


On Sunday 15 February 2009 Phil Leach of MACE will be presenting a collection of archive films at QUAD in Derby.  The event at 3.00pm will be a chance for us to share rarely seen images from the collection and continues our close relationship with QUAD – Derby’s newest multi-media venue.

Highlights will include a chance to find out what it was like to be a victim of the great Derby flood of Christmas 1965 and a look back at the destruction of the historic St Alkmund’s church, which made way for a section of the ring road in the late 1960s.  We’ll also revisit the day Derby celebrated its trading charter in 1954 with a street parade and visit Derby’s famous railway industry just at the point that steam traction was making way for modern diesels.

The event will be of particular interest to anyone who lived in Derby during the 1950s and 1960s.  So if you did please come along, we can’t promise that you’ll see yourself on screen, but there’s a good chance it will bring back some great memories!

MACE Screenings


MACE’s programme of bespoke screenings across the East and West Midlands continues throughout June:

On 7th June there are two screenings at the Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton. Included in the screenings will be rare material showing pre war public transport in Wolverhampton and a trip to the town centre for a group of 1950s’ children.

On 10th June MACE visits the Metro Cinema in Derby with a selection of Derby County material focusing on the 1970s and the irrepressible Brian Clough.

On 20th June MACE returns to mac at Canon Hill Park in Birmingham when you can journey into the past to revisit places and people in Birmingham’s history. The screening will include a look at life in Edgbaston in 1963,a documentary looking at the post war slum clearance scheme in Birmingham as well as footage of trolley buses in Birmingham in the 1930s.

On 21st June MACE is back in the East Midlands with a screening at the Trinity Arts Centre in Gainsborough with material of Lincolnshire’s east coast and some rare footage of Gainsborough.

On 25th June there is another screening at the Metro Cinema in Derby.  Included will be a film showing life in Derbyshire in the 1960s and and footage of Chris Tarrant well before he was famous.

We hope you can make it to one or more of the screenings but if not keep up to date on what MACE is doing by subscribing to our bi monthly electronic newsletter.