Come Celebrate the Tipton Slasher at Tipton Library and Enjoy a screening of Gi’ It Some ‘Ommer. Black Country folk at their best!

Today the lovely people at Tipton Library, one of MACE‘s Full Circle Groups, are having a free archive film screening of Gi’ It Some ‘Ommer (2) to celebrate their Tipton Slasher week and promote the value of archive film as an educational and historical resource.

The day officially began with the unveiling of a painting of the Tipton Slasher, by a modern day local rising star, Boxer, Liam Gould.

The Black Country, known to many as the ‘Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’ used to be 90% Foundry’s and Factories. Steel, Iron & Engineering were the bread and butter of the Black Country population. 

‘Cocking’, Dog fights, and watching the William Perry, Tipton Slasher’s bare knuckle boxing matches were just some of the ways the good honest people of the Black Country spent their spare time.


It may have been described as an ‘inward looking, isolated area cut through with canals’, but there are still signs of industries that are now long gone, having left their mark on the Black Country landscape and the hearts of the proud people who live here.

Today’s library event celebrating the life of Tipton Slasher William Perry allows people to look at his family history, admire works of art by local artist G. Colbourne that the Slasher has inspired and to revel in a little nostalgia with a screening of MACE Black Country archive films ( to buy a copy of ATV: The Black Country 1969 please visit the MACE shop

and not forgetting the chance to listen to musicians perform songs inspired by the Slasher himself.

What a day!

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to Tipton, the Black Country or the wider Midlands region and would like to know how to look after them, please get in touch with us at MACE (Media Archive for Central England) to learn how to preserve them for future generations for years to come.

Tel: 01522 837752

Saluting the Slasher Day

Tipton Library

Saturday 24th March 2012

10am – 2pm

Programme of events

10.15 am Opening of event and unveiling of Tipton Slasher Portrait by boxer Liam Gould

10.30 am Art Workshops with Graham Colbourne and Friends (all day)

11am Tracing the Slasher’s Family Tree
with Joan Keeling (all day)

11.15 Local History Film Shows
(all day)

1pm Sing a Song for the Slasher Competition
Live Performances from the Top Two

1.15pm Song Competition Winner Announced

1.30 Raffle Announced

2pm Close of Event

Robert Hazel
Community Library Manager

Sandwell Council… working for you

Sandwell Council
Tipton Library
17 Unity Walk

T: 0121 557 1796











Wolverhampton City Archives reels in the films…………… on February 16th

A shot of Wolverhampton Shopping Mall c1960s at the MACE/Wolverhampton Archives joint vintage film screening on 16th February

At the jointly hosted event  between MACE and Wolverhampton City Archives, there was a full turnout for the vintage film screening of the changing face of Wolverhampton.

A number of  local people responded to our callout for film by bringing along their films for preservation and copying. Memories of the old days were evoked when we watched some wonderful old footage of the iconic Snapes tea shop,  street interviews of local people by the legendary John Swallow and the changing road schemes and shopping malls of Wolverhampton captured on screen by ATV.

Lisa Hale, Wolverhampton City Archives holding a tin of vintage film deposited on the day

Lisa Hale with Pat and Reg Lakeland’s film collection of 8mm films of the local area of Tattenhall and Wolverhampton and St Michael’s school trips.

Some people even recognised themselves on film! ……Dawn Ebright  below, recognised herself in a red dress filmed at the Wolvern Centre in the 1970s

Dawn Ebright and family

John Bissall with his videos - a media that is becoming obsolete, MACE will be making a copy of these films for John onto DVD

Local historian, author and filmmaker, Ned Williams brought along his video diaries of local carnivals, fairs and local transport. A project he started in 2000 but cannot watch now as the media is obsolete. We hope to be able to copy these films onto DVD for Ned, and preserve the original in the MACE film archive

Barbara brought in the film collection of Jean Wellsbury, both of them taught at local schools and have films of school sports days

If you have any films or videos that you would like preserving for future generations to enjoy then please contact Kay Ogilvie senior curator for Full Circle at to talk about how to proceed. This project is called Full Circle and is partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to find out  more about the project please visit our website

The Derby Lectures – Our Hidden Film Heritage: full house on Thursday 23rd February

Friends of Derby Local Studies watch vintage footage of the Queen's visit to Derby in the 1950s, Derby v. Leicester football match 1939 and a film made by Norman Fitchett in the 1960s with Pear Tree Junior school which showed many of the long gone industries and shops in and around Derby

Friends of Derby Local Studies attended a fim premier with a difference! Tucked away in boxes in attics and sheds, cupboards and garages are the filmed records of families and communities, offering a unique window into our local history. MACE’s Full Circle film search project  has uncovered hundreds of amateur films made by people from the Midlands.

Mark Young, archivist for Derby City Council organised the event as part of series of history lectures

This was a unique opportunity to view some of this unseen film archive footage of the local area and learn about the project and hear some of the stories behind the footage.

Barry Chambers brought along 200ft of 8mm footage of Midland weddings

Some people responded to our callout for more film and brought along their treasures to be preserved and a copy made onto DVD for them.

Ruth Barbar and Ann Wolverson from the Derbyshire Family History Society will pass on the callout for film to their members

If you have any film or moving image that you would like to preserve for future generations please contact senior curator Kay Ogilvie to find our more about the Full Circle project visit

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


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

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:

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:

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

Vintage film brings city’s past back to life……Thursday 16th February Wolverhampton – Molineux Hotel

Shopping Mall Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton’s history will be brought to life on film at a special screening of vintage footage this month.

A range of clips stored by MACE, the Media Archive for Central England, will be shown at the Molineux Hotel in Wolverhampton.

The event has been organised by MACE’s Full Circle project curator Kay Ogilvie and Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage Service to raise awareness of the importance of preserving amateur home movies which are seen as vital to the region’s screen heritage.

And amateur film-makers are being inviting to bring along archive footage of their own which could be added to the growing MACE library.

The clips on show at this month’s event will showcase the changing face of Wolverhampton in the 1970s, the town centre as it was in the 1930s and a visit to the iconic Snapes tea shop.

James Patterson, Director of MACE said: “Moving images have been around for over 100 years. They have entertained us and recorded the way we lived throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century.

“Our history is reflected in these images and cultural artefacts and the loss of even a small percentage of them is a loss that we all feel.

Kay said: “If you have any films that are Midlands-related, please bring them along to talk about how best to preserve them. We may be interested in storing them for you in our film archive and making a DVD copy for you.”

The screening, part of the MACE Full Circle project is on Thursday February 16, 2012, from 11.30am-12.30pm, will be free but booking is essential via as places are limited. For more information, please call Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies on 01902 551599. Refreshments will also be available on the day.

To find out more about the Media Archive for Central England and to see archive film from Wolverhampton and the Midlands, please visit To find out more about Wolverhampton archives please visit and

Full Circle work with the YMCA on the “Century of Youth” film project in Mansfield

Poster to advertise the YMCA "Century of Youth" film project. Most of the films collected will be looked after at the MACE archive for future generations to enjoy

Full Circle is working with Nottinghamshire YMCA who have launched  “A Century of Youth” – a new film project exploring the lives of young people in the East Midlands over the past 100 years. The project is led by 16 young people and it combines archive footage and interviews with local people.

The students are all from West Nottinghamshire College all studying for a Level 3 BTEC in Creative Media ProductionMACE and we are helping them to safely view and transfer relevant archive footage into digital formats. The original film will be safely stored at the MACE film archive

Interior shot of MACE archive where the original films collected by the Century of Youth project will be stored for preservation and access

Mansfield people were invited to star in a series of films about life as a young person in the East Midlands. The Young filmmakers asked people of all ages to share stories from their childhood for A Century of Youth. They asked questions about their memories on camera, particularly in relation to fashion, education, work, entertainment, technology and innovation.

Mansfield people being interviewed about their teenage years

The  open ‘drop-in’  event was held at Turner Memorial Hall on Church Street, Mansfield Woodhouse on Monday 7th March. The young people from across the East Midlands are led by professional film makers, who guide them through the process of planning, filming, editing, marketing and distributing their film creations.

Refreshments provided by the YMCA for the Century of Youth team and interviewees. “The day was fun. The people we interviewed were very informative and easy to get information from” Century of Youth Filmmaker, West Nottinghamshire College.

Over 100 people of all ages and backgrounds will share their memories and experiences of their youth for the film, which will be screened in several cinemas across the region.

“I enjoyed talking to the young people about our way of living. The young people have really shown a great interest in us all and our past”.

Betty, Lenton Historical Society.

If you have any home movies, stage two of the project will be happening soon, please call Thomas Hall at Nottinghamshire YMCA’s Film and Video Department on 07584 582063 or email This project has been enabled by EM Media and the UK Film Council’s Digital Film Archive Fund supported by the National Lottery.