Volunteering Opportunity at MACE for University of Lincoln Students

We’re looking for volunteers to work on a  Heritage Lottery Fund Project called What Can You See? which aims to save 18 significant film collections and to make this important film heritage accessible to all. 

Students at the University of Lincoln will have the opportunity to play a key role in this project by watching these films and describing to us what they think is important in each film, what is most interesting and engaging about them. These contributions will enable us to make the films widely accessible and to identify trends that will help our website search engine guide more people to films they want to see.

Volunteers will be given training and support throughout this element of the project which will take place between September and December 2017.

You can find out more about the opportunity here including application details and deadlines.


Undergraduates Use Archive to Succeed

We would like to celebrate the successes of two Leicester University History students who used the MACE archives extensively, receiving a first in their third year dissertations. Both dissertations explored issues of race, and using MACE archival material examined the importance of these issues in the West Midlands.

Adam Coughlin, BA History, focused on the ‘silenced and overlooked’ Dudley race riots (1962) drawing on vox poxs and other news items on the riots from reports held in the Midlands News collection.

Darren Campbell, BA Contemporary History, focused on the issue of immigration in Smethwick and in the 1964 General Election as a whole, also relying heavily on ITV and ATV news sources.

We believe the successes of these two students highlight how film is just as valuable an historical source as other forms of media, and we hope to continue aiding undergraduates in their research.