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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Bringing the tastes of Montego Bay to a wintry West Bromwich.
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Complete with a then fashionable wine bar element, the Caribana restaurant attempts to bring a bit of Caribbean culture to West Bromwich. The things that chef Gairy Flash can do with a lobster is far removed from the traditional Black Country fare of groaty pudding and grey peas - as reporter Vera Gilbert discovers.
Public Information Filler 1941 6 mins
The face mask comes of age in this intriguing wartime guide to germ prevention.
Documentary 1981 18 mins Location: Notting Hill
West London echoes to the sound of reggae and steel pans in this kaleidoscopic record of the 1980 Notting Hill Carnival.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2018 13 mins
A post-Brexit pagan dance fantasy about a troupe of Morris-dancing badgers forced to confront the animals quarantined in a facility built above their burrow.
Documentary 1977 28 mins Location: Southwold
Real ale and folk music in the pub – performed by Fairport Convention – are celebrated in this portrait of Southwold on the Suffolk coast and the work of the Adnams brewery.
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
Comedy 2020 8 mins
A young recluse suﬀering from PTSD encounters a late-night commercial that promises him an unexpected and somewhat magical cure.
Magazine and Review show 1985 8 mins Location: Kinver
From the temple to the hospital Kartar Singh is a leading practitioner of Sikhism.
Current affairs 1978 9 mins Location: West Bromwich
The UK's immigration laws have prevented Dara Singh from seeing his family for a decade. His is one of many sad stories...
News 1979 4 mins Location: West Bromwich
An attempt to close a loophole in the immigration system raises questions about the sustainability of arranged marriages in Western culture.
Amateur film 1937 10 mins Silent Location: West Bromwich
Street parties, parades and those all important Union flags are in abundance as the people of West Bromwich come together to mark the Coronation of a new King in 1937.
Magazine and Review show 1985 8 mins Location: Sparkbrook
Labour, Tory or Alliance - where does the political allegiance of the West Midlands Chinese community lie?
Comic Pictures in High Street, West Bromwich (1902) Comic Pictures in High Street, West Bromwich (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent Location: West Bromwich
Boisterous Edwardian lads jostle for a place in front of the camera in the West Midlands town.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
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.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.
Comedy 2023 2 mins
En-route to her hen weekend, bride-to-be Faye kills the vibe with a bombshell confession.
Documentary 2023 2 mins
An insight into Daytimers, the South Asian DJ collective that are breaking new ground in Britain.