Rare film footage of 1930s Ilkeston Carnival found………


Paul Booth of Ilkeston, Derbyshire, deposits his father’s cine film collection with MACE film archive as part of the Full Circle project

The Arthur Cyril Booth Collection

Like many of the early filmmakers, Paul Booth’s father – Arthur Cyril Booth (d.1980) took up filmmaking after getting interested in photography. Arthur was the organist for the parish and also played the organ at the La Scala cinema in Ilkeston (still going strong!). Paul said: “My father  was into gadgets of the times –  like for example cine cameras. He filmed on mostly 9.5mm. He was a practical man who in WW1 built aeroplanes – which were made out of fabric then. After the war he became an upholsterer in Ilkeston. He owned a Brough Superior motorbike and used to go biking down to the French Riviera”.

The wedding of amateur filmmaker Arthur Cyril Booth and Cecilia Booth c.1930s

Arthur filmed the Carnivals in Ilkeston in 1936 and 1937 and we’re really looking forward to seeing this footage. He also filmed a pilgrimage to Dale Abbey, Derbyshire and the May Procession, a Lourdes Trip made by members of the Our Lady and St Thomas RC church in Ilkeston. Other footage includes some seaside scenes at Mablethorpe, Wolverhampton Illuminations and his parents wedding. Arthur’s films will be carefully stored at the MACE film archive in temperature controlled conditions so that these original films will be preserved for posterity. As part of the Full Circle project, copies of these films will be made onto DVD for Paul and his family ad the local community to share in this heritage and enjoy past events. If you have any films you wish to preserve please contact Kay Ogilvie, senior curator Full Circle on kogilvie@lincoln.ac.uk

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 kogilvie@lincoln.ac.uk 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 http://www.macearchive.org

Wolverhampton Archives Celebrates it’s Annual History Fair with a MACE Full Circle Project film screening


20111010-091302.jpgOn Saturday I was invited to represent – The Media Archive For Central England aka MACE Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle ‘Community Film Search’ Project at The Wolverhampton City Archives Annual History Fair at the Molineux Hotel Buildings.20111010-091345.jpg

The doors opened at 10am as throngs of eager historians and members of the public interested in all aspects of local history poured in to look at the different stands represented by history societies from across the region. I was there to talk to prospective new Full Circle groups in the Wolverhampton area and also to screen a compilation put together by MACE’s Phil Leach, of a selection of material held at MACE showing how the city has evolved over the years.20111010-091403.jpg

I also picked up a collection of films belonging to Dick Rose, former Chairman of Wolverhampton Civic & Historical Society, whose collection was deposited with The City Archives.20111010-091437.jpg

There was much interest to hear what the Rose Collection contains, as rumour has it there may be footage shot by Dick of his time in Singapore during the Coronation Celebrations.20111010-091513.jpg

Overall it was a fantastic day with over 330 people passing through the Molineux’s grand doors to take in a little local history, other groups there included the Tipton Civic Society, another local history group involved in the Full Circle Project’s search for film who have recently enjoyed a screening of ‘Tipton in the 1970s’, The Black Country Society, The Claverley Memories Local History Group, The Women of Wolverhampton Group, The Carl Chinn Birmingham Lives Archives,  The Friends of Wolverhampton Archives, Honour & Awards http://www.honoursandawards.co.uk, The Chase ‘Great War’ Project http://www.messinesridge.co.uk and many more new contacts were made.

e-mail: archives@wolverhampton.gov.uk
Phone: 01902 552480
Minicom: 01902 555554
Fax: 01902 552481

Write or visit:

Archives and Local Studies
Wolverhampton City Council
Molineux Hotel Building
Whitmore Hill
Wolverhampton
WV1 1SF

If you have any cine film or home-movies relating to Wolverhampton or the wider Midlands area please contact:

Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Curator: Community & Acquisition on 01522 837756 (available Wednesday’s in the Lincoln Office) or mobile: 07919 896505

or via email: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

For more information on the Full Circle Project please check out: http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html

ATV Today: 27.12.1967: Midlands Theatres


Today’s clip features various shots of  several theatres in the Midlands and theatre posters promoting Christmas pantomimes in 1967.

We see the exterior of the Theatre Royal in Nottingham (with promotion for Mike and Bernie Winters in Cinderella); a poster for the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton (Ted Rogers and Dick Emery in Puss in Boots); poster outside Derby Playhouse (Aladdin with Lynda Baron); exterior of Birmingham Theatre (Aladdin with Harry Worth); Grand Theatre (do you know the location of this?) advertising Goody Two Shoes with the New Vaudeville Band; exterior of a bingo hall and ,finally, the exterior of the Newtown Palace (originally a theatre but by the 1960s a bingo hall in Birmingham).

Do you remember any of these pantos?

Home From Home


As part of the Wolverhampton India Summer celebrations, the Lighthouse is presenting an evening with David Bishop, City Archivist, who will take take us through the links between the Indian sub-continent from Victorian times to the present day. 

David will draw upon Wolverhampton’s own archives as well as film material from MACE.  The event is free and takes place at the Lighthouse in Wolverhampton at 6pm on 12 June 2008.