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.
This film is part of Free
Introduction to Northampton
Your employer is relocating to Northampton. Will this film convince you it's a good idea for you too?
Documentary 1963 17 mins
From the collection of:
This exhaustively detailed account of Northampton in the early 1960s may lack cinematic flair but the passage of time has left us with a snapshot of a town on the up and keen to expand. This film was made for an unnamed company that was keen to relocate to Northampton - or as they tell us, to the town which has shopping facilities that compare with any London suburb and houses to rent for only 30 shillings a week. If you're a local you might even spot your own home.
Most Popular Free 2017
Schools for Moslems
Documentary 1980 27 mins Location: Bury
A visit to Darul Uloom School in South Lancashire, the UK's first Muslim school
Public wash-house Liverpool 1959
Documentary 1959 4 mins Location: Liverpool
A social club with washing tubs: take a tour of a 1950s Liverpool wash-house
Maidens in Distress
Documentary 1976 9 mins Location: The Maidens
Find out what a picture of a lighthouse is doing among the many maidens in distress?
School programme and Educational film 1970 19 mins Location: Aberdeen
Explore the growth of Aberdeen’s sparkling streets in this lively and colourful educational documentary produced by Campbell Harper Films for the 'Cities of Scotland' series.
Our Town - Lowestoft
Amateur film 1975 4 mins Silent Location: Lowestoft
Amateur colour footage of streets, buildings and factories give viewers a nostalgic look around Lowestoft, Suffolk in the mid seventies.
The Look of Lingerie at Castle Drogo
News 1980 5 mins Location: Castle Drogo
Lingerie models dress for a titillating chase around Castle Drogo.
Probe - Alf Morris announces the recalling of the Invacar
News 1976 12 mins Location: Northampton
Alf Morris, Minister for the Disabled explains why use of the Invacar is to be phased out, to the dismay of some disabled drivers.
Home movie 1932 3 mins Silent Location: Northampton
From bikes to biplanes: anything goes in Northampton's annual hospital fund-raiser.
Cobbler Makes Cricket Boots for World's Cricket Stars
News 1972 3 mins Location: Northampton
Anglia TV visit the world famous cobbler for cricketers, Albert Whiting, in his Northampton shop.
News 1977 6 mins Location: Northampton
What happens when a career in professional sport comes to a dramatic end? Former cricketer Colin Milburn has decided to look for a job.
Repairing Track After Mustard Gas Attack
Industry sponsored film 1939 45 mins Silent Location: Northampton
With the horrific effects of gas warfare still fresh in the memory, rubberised men – like extras from a 1950s British sci fi movie – prepare for more, with 1940s attention to detail.
Grand Union Canal
Documentary 1937 34 mins Silent Location: Houses of Parliament
Follow working narrow boats as they make their 60-hour trip from London to Birmingham along Britain's longest industrial waterway.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
About the archive
Know this place?
Do you recognise a place, building or location in this film?
Help us populate the Britain on Film map by spotting and plotting the street or location you know. This is a BFI project and anyone can help.
Go to our Britain on Film crowdsourcing site and contribute to our mapping mission – to identify locations within our archive films.Add a location