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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The sights and sounds of Walsall Market
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"The good things of England are what we can see around". So says the former mayor of Walsall Sid Wright about the appeal of the town's market. And he should know - he's a stallholder with a thriving crockery business. The superlatives are certainly flowing during this news report: "the best midweek market in the country" it is claimed. It could even be justified if the stallholders' marketplace patter, which is captured by the news report, is anything to go by.
Comedy 1968 29 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A Tyne Tees Television comedy romance is a forgotten gem from a 1960s decade of radical urban change in Newcastle.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1990 24 mins
Autobiographical account of a mother-daughter relationship, exploring beauty standards and female sexuality.
Instructional film/TV programme 1977 21 mins
In this surrealist short, John Krish and Michael Gilmour tell a perilous tale at the railway station. Mind the gap - this is going to get scary.
Amateur film 1938 15 mins Silent Location: Hastings
Hastings looks marvellous in this sumptuous colour film from the late 1930s - complete with sunbathing, swimming and being slapped with a fish
Home movie 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
Documentary 2023 23 mins
BAFTA-winning director Mark Jenkin (BAIT, Enys Men) explores his fascination with the magic of film.
News 1963 2 mins Location: Walsall
Walsall Corporation judge men to be more important at work.
1937 8 mins Silent Location: Walsall
Revels in Walsall - processions and crowds on the streets of Walsall, and at the Coronation Sports Fete in Fellows Park.
Documentary 1945 13 mins Location: Walsall
War-weary servicemen far from home reconnect with relatives and friends in this touching collection of filmed messages
Non-Fiction 1927 1 mins Silent Location: Walsall
Author Jerome K. Jerome, one of Walsall's most famous sons, returns home for what may have been his last screen appearance.
Walsall Co-Operative Society Limited Jubilee Celebrations Walsall Co-Operative Society Limited Jubilee Celebrations
Promotional 1936 13 mins Silent Location: Cannock
Fifty years of the Walsall Co-operative Society is celebrated in style with a grand vehicular parade.
Non-Fiction 1970 3 mins Location: Walsall
Walsall says "Goodbye" to the clean and spacious trolley buses and "Hello" to the 'dirty diesels' as the town modernises its public transport.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
Plotting world domination, Devil Doctor Fu-Manchu steals plans for a new aero-torpedo in this earliest surviving thrill-a-minute serial instalment.
Inside Film 2024 16 mins
Filmmakers Jane Giles and Ali Catterall discuss their documentary Scala!!!, revisiting the legendary and inspirational cinema venue and some of the most notorious films that screened there.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.