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.
Home movie 1940 9 mins Silent
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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.
Life Under Fire
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Government sponsored film 1940 9 mins Location: London
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Charity appeal 1939 2 mins Silent Location: Norwich
Sweet and touching wartime cinema appeal for 300,000 London children spending Christmas far from home.
Amateur film 1945 9 mins Silent Location: Southwark
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Public Information Filler 1939 2 mins
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Home movie 1940 4 mins Silent Location: Sandiacre
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Home movie 1940 4 mins Silent Location: Risley
The British Legion proudly march and fly the flag through the streets of Sandiacre in Derbyshire.
Doncaster: Shenstone and Longmoor Farm May - July 1943 Doncaster: Shenstone and Longmoor Farm May - July 1943
Home movie 1943 4 mins Silent Location: Sandiacre
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Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
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Documentary 1905 4 mins
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Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
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Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
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1912 5 mins Silent
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