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.


Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Ruston & Hornsby project aims to preserve the legacy of one of Lincolnshire’s most iconic engineering companies through the digitisation of photographic negatives and cine film, alongside interviews with former Ruston and Hornsby workers.

The photographs and documents which are now stored at Lincolnshire Archives and films stored here at MACE, form part of a huge collection showcasing the history of Ruston and Hornsby, which became part of Siemens in 2003. The archive spans the company’s 150 years, offering a rare and detailed insight into Lincolnshire’s manufacturing heyday and Britain’s industrial past.

This major heritage project in collaboration with Siemens, Lincolnshire County Council and the University of Lincoln has allowed MACE to catalogue, assess and digitise a selection of fascinating films relating to the company, extracts of which can be viewed online via the Lincs to the past website and MACE’s Vimeo page. Copies of the full films can be viewed by appointment at both Lincolnshire Archives and MACE.

To learn more about the project and Lincolnshire’s rich industrial history, visit the Lincs to the Past website here.



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.

Midlands on Film

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.



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).


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.


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.


Snow is one of those things – you love it or you hate it, but there is no doubt that it looks beautiful. If you have ever had the chance to visit The Peak District with a sheet of perfect, untouched snow, you’re lucky enough to experience beauty at its finest. However, with or without snow, The Peak District is simply a beauty in itself…

Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District captures the charm and grace of the spectacular National Park through both professional and amateur footage, enhanced and re-edited for your viewing pleasure.

As well as the sights, of course, through Derbyshire on Film, you are able to relive such historic moments as the flooding of Derwent Village and Ashopton to make way for Ladybower Reservoir, as narrated by ATV’s Gwyn Richards. Some of the images will be familiar to many, such as Dovedale Stepping Stones which have barely changed since 1938, but others provide a ghostly vision of what once was. Hear memories of those who took park in the mass trespass of 1932 and take a charming look back at Chatsworth and Haddon Hall in the 1960’s.

Even keeping on theme with the season, witness the blizzards of 1938 and hear the snow poem by Derbyshire poet Mark Gywnne Jones.

Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District, is produced and edited by acclaimed filmmaker Andy McKay, collaborating with the University of Lincoln’s School of Film and Media, provides old and young alike with a beautiful journey through the equally as beautiful National Park. Anyone who has a passion for the Peak District and Derbyshire will no doubt be tranfixed by some of these rarely seen images which are now released on DVD for many to see and enjoy.

Derbyshire on Film - The Peak District

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.


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.