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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Bone shakers, penny farthings and other antique cycles live on in Warwickshire rural retreat.
Non-Fiction 1976 6 mins
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Colleen Gray leaves behind the hectic streets of Birmingham to visit the antique bicycle museum run by the Pinkerton family at Arbury Hall near Nuneaton. A far more sedate pace is required for these vintage machines, particularly if you're the unlucky reporter given one without brakes to try. A junior member of the Pinkerton household shows how it should be done on a racing Penny Farthing.
Government sponsored film 1945 4 mins
Cycling stunts and sight gags in a music hall curio.
Travelogue 1956 15 mins Location: Rugby
A wonderful short film, produced by British Transport Films, about travelling around Britain by bicycle - with the help of the odd train.
Non-Fiction 1899 1 mins
Anyone for synchronised cycling? Victorian belles show off their riding skills.
Amateur film 1949 25 mins Silent Location: Ben Nevis
Join four clean-cut intrepid youngsters on an awfully big 1940s adventure as they sing and cycle their way around the youth hostels of scenic Scotland in glorious colour. Tally ho!
Comedy 1914 2 mins Silent Location: Teddington
A clumsy oversized cyclist causes chaos in this knockabout silent comedy.
Interest film 1899 1 mins Silent
A two-wheeled convoy of Victorian gentlewomen in a charming early film enigma.
Travelogue 1960 15 mins
Shown at the 1960 Edinburgh international Film Festival, this dazzling travelogue records Guyana’s idyllic flora and the industries that supplied raw materials for British homes.
Romance 1960 31 mins
Commissioned in 1960 to mark Nigeria’s independence, Connor directs and stars in this troubled production about shifting social relations in an emergent West African middle-class.
Documentary 1912 75 mins
Intense interest in Japan by the West made it a favourite destination for filmmakers from the earliest days of film. This selection of films from 1901 to 1913, newly restored by the BFI National Archive, takes us on a fascinating journey through Meiji Japan.
Travelogue 1960 17 mins
‘My People!’ Connor returns to his birthplace of Mayaro to celebrate his homeland’s natural beauty and manufacturing, capturing pre-independence Caribbean islands in all their glorious warmth.
Sport 1960 29 mins
Connor’s coverage of the first-ever test won by England in the Caribbean, from an overcrowded Sabina Park, features authoritative narration by British-Guyanese commentator Ernest Eytle.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1936 8 mins
Spoiler alert! The fox is always going to outsmart the hounds in this delightful, balletic cartoon that heads from the countryside into 1930s suburbia.
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