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
Documentary 1972 8 mins
A musical illustration of life where road traffic chaos breeds anger and frustration, but the rail network is fast, smooth and relaxing
Southern Electric Brighton Belle Pullman
Amateur film 1967 9 mins Silent
Sit back and watch the world's only all Pullman, electric train service make its luxurious way up and down the Brighton line in this film from the mid-sixties
Non-Fiction 1965 5 mins Location: Consallforge
With the railway line gone the only access to Consall Forge is via a private toll road. Will the tiny Staffordshire hamlet survive?
Kineton Signal Box
Non-Fiction 1965 4 mins Location: Kineton
Dr Beeching has ensured that the last train has now departed from Kineton so what is there to do but drink tea and enjoy the quiet life?
To Build an Island's Future
Promotional 1954 7 mins Location: Loughborough
Through blazing sun and monsoon rain new British built diesel locomotives keep communications open on the far off island of Ceylon.
Sale of Railway Fittings
Non-Fiction 1964 5 mins Location: Derby
A sentimental sale or simply for profit? British Railways sells off the history that doesn't fit with the swinging sixties.
Chesterfield May Day 1978
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
Heywood, Lancs. and Chesterfield Celebrations
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.
Standing in a By-election
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?
ABC in Sound
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1933 2 mins
Hand-drawn sound experiment by Bauhaus professor László Moholy-Nagy.
Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
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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