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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Corby Steel Works Closure
Save Steel to Save Corby' the banners call. This has become more than a battle to save a steelworks, it's the fight for a whole town's existence.
Non-Fiction 1979 2 mins
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Before the arrival of Stewarts and Lloyds to Corby in the 1930s it was a village with a population of only 1,500 people. By 1979 thousands of mostly Scottish steel workers had moved south and the Corby steel plant, now operated by British Steel, was under threat. 11,000 jobs were at risk and so too the future of Corby. Union convenor Mick Skelton explains to Terry Lloyd that the only action left to take is to raise a banner and call for strike action!
The national steel strike prolonged the demise of Corby steelworks but it finally closed in 1980. Nearly half of the working population of the town were employed by British Steel Corporation.
Steel on Film
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Industry sponsored film 1964 31 mins
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Industry sponsored film 1967 26 mins Location: Consett
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Industry sponsored film 1951 42 mins Silent
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Documentary 1956 30 mins Location: Corby
A richly detailed depiction of the history and technology of the iron ore industry - plus some dramatic explosions.
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Sunderland
Durham Light Infantry veterans collect their medals for valour in the Boer War.
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