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.

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MACE Volunteer Ria Krause accessions Full Circle female filmmaker collection


Meet our new Volunteer Ria Krause, a Photography & Film Graduate from Edinburgh Napier University.

Ria is currently working at the archive to give the MACE team a helping hand.

By helping to accession  the many new film collections deposited at the archive, Ria will also create receipts for the material which will then be sent out to the depositors and the community groups responsible for finding the collections.

The MACE, Heritage Lottery Funded, Full Circle Project, will run until March 2013 and has so far helped generate a phenomenal amount of interest which has made people aware of the heritage value and importance of preserving film and home-movies created in the Midlands.

On Friday 25th March, Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Curator for Community & Acquisition  and Cal Edwards from Full Circle Group The Mansel Lacy Community Association met with Wyn Preece in Hereford to find out more about her cine-film collection.

The Wyn Preece Collection, is just one of many collections that has been found by a History or Community group over the course of the project, it is quite rare however to find a female film-maker, as we have noticed that the majority of the collections being found were shot by men.

So we are always quite excited to see a collection like this turn up!

The films will be accessioned and preserved at MACE so that future generations can enjoy watching them for years to come.

Wyn Preece, 87,  a former Short-hand Typing & Business Studies Teacher at Hereford Technical College – took up painting when she retired and is now a keen Oil & Watercolour Artist.

Wyn has lived at the Hereford family home since she was 13 years old – the walls are adorned with her beautiful paintings of family members, landscapes and also flowers. Wyn paints from real life and has many attended painting classes over the years as she found great pleasure in art.

When asked how she came to own  a cine-camera Wyn explained that she had always been interested in art and that she saw cinematography as the way forward, and enjoyed filming from an art point of view.

Wyn purchased her camera in the 1960s and along with a fellow female amateur filmmaker friend, now aged 90, would go off and film their outings, their local area, family,  holidays and also games of golf.

Wyn’s collection is just one of many that will be digitised by MACE’s Full Circle Project and copies of the material will be put back into the community to be enjoyed at local screenings, schools and events.

Equiries contact: Lucie Kerley – Curator: Community & Acquisition 

Email: lk99@le.ac.uk Telephone: 0116 252 5931 Mobile: 07919 896505

Photographs © Lucie Kerley