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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From the House of Liang Nam to the Kam Ling Bamboo Rooms: the pioneers who made the long journey from Hong Kong to bring Chinese food to Birmingham.
Non-Fiction 1965 7 mins
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Hampered slightly by a lack of commentary, this film does give us a rare look at Birmingham's 1960s Chinese restaurants. Diners talk about the appeal of this new and exotic way of eating and there is also an interview with an owner, who hints at the difficulties faced by those pioneering workers who risked the Ј85 single fare from Hong Kong to start a new life. We also see glimpses of the old world with men playing the traditional game of Xiangqi in their cramped bedsit.
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Magazine and Review show 1982 9 mins
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Amateur film 1930 20 mins Silent
Extra scenes from the Eng family's home movies, including trips to Germany and China
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Amateur film 1930 14 mins Silent Location: Wembley
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Magazine and Review show 1981 7 mins Location: Selly Oak
From Selly Oak to Birmingham's Head Post Office in a wheelchair - how hard could it be?
New Fifty Pence Piece
News 1969 2 mins Location: Birmingham
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News 1971 8 mins Location: Birmingham
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Documentary 1970 27 mins Location: Birmingham
An impressively stark documentary study of Birmingham slums - past and present.
News 1975 4 mins Location: Leicester
He arrived in Britain with £3 and went on to become one of the richest business men in the Midlands. How did Amrat Parmar do it?
Pakistani Bus Driver
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Bus timetables are sacrosanct to some but to others there are more important things in life - and faith is one of them.
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1933 2 mins
Hand-drawn sound experiment by Bauhaus professor László Moholy-Nagy.
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Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
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Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Workforce of Ormerod's Mill, Great Moor Street, Bolton (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Great Moor St, Bolton
Eager youngsters burst out of the gates of a Victorian cotton mill.
The Henley Regatta
Sport 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
It's the first weekend of July 1901, and high society are on the Thames
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film
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