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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Great Central Railway
Doctor Beeching sounds the death knell for the Great Central main line.
Non-Fiction 1962 5 mins
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Ambitious plans to link the Great Central with the continent via the then outlandish idea of a channel tunnel had failed to materialise but the line was a vital lifeline for many people from Manchester to London Marylebone. A silent trip along the line showing long-lost Midlands stations such as Quorn, Hucknall Central, Nottingham Victoria and Woodford Halse is followed by interviews with people concerned that they will be cut off if the line is closed.
The Great Central was the last of the British main line railways to be built; it opened in 1899. Most local services on the line were discontinued in March 1963. A few services such as a route from Nottingham Victoria to Rugby lingered on until 1969 before the line finally disappeared.
Train to the Future
Amateur film 1966 3 mins Silent Location: Hampshire
A film maker's attempt to record the last steam-hauled passenger and freight trains running along the West of England mainline from Waterloo
1976 8 mins Silent
Testing times as we make a journey on board British Rail's High Speed Track Recording Coach.
Non-Fiction 1962 6 mins Location: Derby
Farewell to the faithful steam war-horse as modernisation brings diesel power to the railways of Britain.
Documentary 1977 1 mins Silent
Not-so-special special effects add the magic touch to this kitsch British Rail commercial.
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.
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.
Amateur film 1978 11 mins Silent Location: Chesterfield
Politics, partying, and a penalty shoot-out at the Derbyshire town's inaugural May Day bank holiday funfair
Non-Fiction 1948 1 mins Location: Heywood
A centenary commemoration of George Stephenson - the father of the railway.
Government sponsored film 1935 14 mins Silent Location: Chesterfield
The earliest known police surveillance film to be used as evidence captures some illicit activities - and circus animals - in Chesterfield marketplace.
Current affairs 1984 7 mins Location: Chesterfield
Ј150 and ten signatures is all you need to stand in a British election. Can it really be that simple?
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
A vibrant festival with parades of fishermen and geisha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
1912 5 mins Silent
Pathécolor’s mechanical stencil colouring is put to good use illustrating a festival at an ancient shrine.