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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Kingsbury: ARP in Sandiacre
From their sandbagged headquarters, the Sandiacre ARP and Red Cross await their call to action.
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The various civil defence groups at Sandiacre in South East Derbyshire show their readiness to bravely do their bit from an ARP station and Red Cross post set up in Ladycross School. Activities around the heavily sandbagged headquarters, including a mock gas and chemical attack, form the centre of this amateur reel shot by local man Ivan Kingsbury. The head of the first aid post, Evelyn Doncaster poses for the camera proudly wearing her uniform.
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War 1940 7 mins
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Government sponsored film 1941 9 mins
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Documentary 1941 10 mins Location: London
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Amateur film 1946 21 mins Location: Leatherhead
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Amateur film 1942 12 mins Silent Location: Clandon Park
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Home movie 1940 4 mins Silent Location: Risley
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Home movie 1940 4 mins Silent Location: Sandiacre
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Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
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Inside Film 2024 16 mins
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Drama 2023 2 mins
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Romance 2023 2 mins
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Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
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Documentary 1941 6 mins
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