The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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A Day at the Zoo
Polar bears and big cats far from their natural habitat try to make the most of life in a West Midlands zoo.
Home movie 1950 10 mins Silent
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In the shadow of the imposing ruins of Dudley's Norman castle is a zoo, which has been entertaining and educating visitors since 1937. This amateur record of a day trip to Dudley was shot by Ewart Smallwood and follows a group of boys taking in the sights: from the polar bears (complete with their art deco concrete home) and lions to a ride on the zoo's miniature railway. Chipperfields Circus, promoting a visit to Hay Mills in Birmingham, also makes an appearance late in the reel.
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