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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Simey: Historic Hereford
From GIs dancing in High Town in 1942 and on into the New Elizabethan era: this is a true celebration of the city of Hereford from the austere 1940s right into the 'swinging' sixties.
Home movie 1940 35 mins Silent
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Captioned as covering the years 1936 to 1963 this compilation of film shot be the Reverend E.G.T. Simey actually begins four years later with views of the bitterly cold winter of 1940. The Home Guard are then seen parading through Hereford, which is followed by the less formal side of the military typified by scenes of American soldiers dancing with local women in High Town and around Cathedral Close: "Oversexed, overpaid and over here"?
Ready for the Enemy
Amateur film 1938 10 mins Silent Location: Woking
Woking gears up for war in this remarkable film about the Home Guard and its contribution to the town.
War 1940 7 mins
Surrounded by water and manned to defend the coastline, sea forts were remote outposts of Britain’s home front.
Government sponsored film 1941 9 mins
‘ACK ACK’ is a profile of the soldiers who manned anti-aircraft positions on the home front during the Second World War.
Documentary 1941 10 mins Location: London
Ordinary men from all trades and professions lead double lives to hone their soldiering skills in Britain during the Second World War.
Amateur film 1946 21 mins Location: Leatherhead
Leatherhead applauds and thanks its Civil Defence Service volunteers for their sterling efforts, in this fascinating film made during the last months of the Second World War.
Amateur film 1942 12 mins Silent Location: Clandon Park
Dad's Army, Clandon-style, are at it again in this fascinating film about life in Surrey's Home Guard.
Amateur film 1967 5 mins Silent Location: Hereford
A leisurely amble through the historic landmarks of Herefordshire.
News 1969 7 mins Location: Hereford
No longer a cottage industry: by 1969 Bulmer's of Hereford was producing cider on an industrial scale.
Home movie 1960 4 mins Silent Location: Hereford
The ancient and modern bring life to Hereford's historic city centre.
Dale: The Building and Opening of Hereford Cattle Market Dale: The Building and Opening of Hereford Cattle Market
Home movie 1956 10 mins Silent Location: Hereford
The centenary of Hereford Cattle Market sees a new extension and a parade of noble beasts through the city's streets.
Amateur film 1952 21 mins Silent Location: Llangurig
From source to estuary – the way of the Wye and the beautiful border country
Documentary 1948 15 mins Location: Ross-on-Wye
The scenic wonders of the Wye are revealed in glorious colour on this journey from mouth to source.
Drama 2019 26 mins
Arkita believes herself to be be modern, liberal and independent. An unprecedented encounter with a transgender sex worker questions her beliefs.
National Blood Service: Chief Executive's up-date, November 2001 National Blood Service: Chief Executive's up-date, November 2001
Sponsored film 2001 19 mins
Martin Gorham presents a video update to his staff, outlining some of his department's past achievements and upcoming challenges.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2020 10 mins
In a madcap musical, a 'cat'-stronaut travels the galaxy looking for the meaning of life and encounters a space pup eager to help.
2003 1 mins
A longer version of the famously icky anti-smoking promo in which cigarettes ooze fat.
Public Information Filler 2003 1 mins
“If you care, show it” - is the message to encourage voting in the Scottish elections, long before the galvanising independence referendum of 2014.
Short documentary 2021 4 mins
A South Asian gaze on representation, inequality and discrimination in UK film and TV, set against the backdrop of the casting room.