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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Nottingham welcomes Britain's first black magistrate.
Non-Fiction 1962 5 mins
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Eric Irons came to Britain from Jamaica to serve with the RAF. He settled in Nottingham and rose to local prominence as a liaison officer for the Nottingham Education Department, speaking out after so called race riots in the city in August 1958. In this film, shot for ATV's Midland Montage, he talks to Reg Harcourt about his appointment as the first black magistrate in the UK. Cornelius Cameron provides the views of Nottingham City Council.
Eric Irons served on the bench in the city of Nottingham until 1991. He was awarded an OBE in 1977 and died in August 2007. The black bus worker seen towards the end of this item owes his job to Mr Irons who had broken down the 'whites only' rule of Nottingham City Transport in the 1950s.
Biopic 1985 94 mins
The turbulent life and death of championship boxer Randolph Turpin.
News 1979 1 mins Silent Location: Weymouth
An African sculpture exhibition in a Weymouth school
Non-Fiction 1924 0 mins Silent
Abyssinian state ministers visit London during Prince Regent Haile Selassie's diplomatic tour of Europe.
Martin Luther King Honorary Degree Ceremony at Newcastle University Martin Luther King Honorary Degree Ceremony at Newcastle University
Non-Fiction 1967 10 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A remarkable event the great American civil rights leader, Martin Luther King makes a powerful speech on a unique visit to Newcastle University.
Magazine and Review show 1989 8 mins Location: Nottingham
He jokes that he's joined the 'chain gang' but there is more than ceremonial robes for Tony Robinson as Nottingham's first black Sheriff.
Unemployment Crisis for Birmingham West Indian School Leavers Unemployment Crisis for Birmingham West Indian School Leavers
Non-Fiction 1976 9 mins Location: Handsworth
Birmingham's lost black generation: undermined by the racism that's stifling the dynamism of a young workforce.
Current affairs 1978 11 mins Location: Harborne
By local folks, for local folks' - printing the local news where you live.
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent Location: Nottingham
Visitors to Nottingham Carnival enjoy themselves on land and water
Home movie 1951 22 mins Silent Location: Nottingham
Students from the University of Nottingham take to the streets with fund raising, fancy dress and frippery as their annual carnival lights up Festival of Britain year.
Non-Fiction 1971 9 mins Location: Nottingham
Nottingham MP Jack Dunnett: a true man of the people who puts his constituents first but still finds time to support his local football team.
Non-Fiction 1926 1 mins Silent Location: Nottingham
It's the time of the Nottingham Goose Fair and the crowds are out to enjoy the rides, stalls and other amusements
Documentary 1969 45 mins Location: Nottingham
Stephen Frears' documentary about two hard-working families living in unsanitary houses in St Ann's, Nottingham
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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