Not a film for the squeamish or those looking for images of soft and cuddly animals. This amateur reel shot by Reginald Patterson shows the Solihull Rat Club at work, as the subtitle has it, 'for sport and social benefit'. The rats don't stand a chance against dogs, ferrets and men with sticks, clubs and, in one case, a hockey stick. And when the dogs aren't chasing rats they're fighting each other!
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.