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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In over one hundred and fifty years little has changed in the chain forges of Cradley Heath where big, tough men hammer out the biggest and toughest chains.
Current affairs 1983 9 mins
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Griffin Woodhouse of Cradley Heath make chains - big and heavy ones - the biggest are used to moor the largest ships and oil rigs. All are heated up and hammered out in the age old way. It's not completely manual labour now as some machines have made inroads onto the shop floor, but the regulars of the Swan with Two Necks pub, chainmakers both young and old, all agree that it's still the hardest job of all.
Steel on Film
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Documentary 1970 7 mins
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Industry sponsored film 1964 31 mins
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Industry sponsored film 1967 26 mins Location: Consett
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Industry sponsored film 1951 42 mins Silent
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1975 13 mins Silent Location: Swindon
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Non-Fiction 1967 4 mins Location: Cradley Heath
Black Country poet Harry Harrison gives his view on the appeal of Cradley Heath market hall.
Non-Fiction 1975 5 mins Location: Cradley Heath
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Lydia West (It’s A Sin) introduces debbie tucker green’s ethereal, warm and human debut feature.
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Short documentary 2021 5 mins
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Performance 1990 27 mins
The Bow Gamelan Ensemble stage spectacular avant-garde musical shows.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1973 15 mins
An elderly man takes a hypnotic journey through his memories in the moments before his death.
Documentary 1969 12 mins
The supreme intent and personal biography of a Black Panther contrasts with the alienating propaganda of late-night television.
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