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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Lockheed Wartime Factory Films
Camouflaged against aerial attack, the Lockheed aircraft factories in Leamington Spa and Leicester work day and night for the war effort.
Amateur film 1943 56 mins Silent
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This compilation of wartime films shows activities at the huge Lockheed factory at Leamington Spa (and at a sister factory at Leicester in the final section of the reel). A morale boosting visit by the Minister of Aircraft Production Sir Stafford Cripps encourages workers to waste less scrap and we also see the factory's own fire service and cadet forces in action. The aircraft spotters are a reminder that such a great industrial venture was a top target for Hitler's bombers.
The Leamington Spa factory of Lockheed was specially camouflaged by the Civilian Camouflage Directorate, a group of artists and theatrical set designers that was based in Royal Leamington Spa and given the challenge of creating methods of hiding large factories from the air. The Leamington Spa factory was operated by Automotive Products that had set up in business to license the American designed Lockheed braking system and Borg and Beck clutches before the war. The business was broken up and sold off in 2000.
Keep the Wheels Turning
Yesterday Is over Your Shoulder
Industry sponsored film 1940 8 mins
An enticing government call for men to retrain as skilled engineers to help with the war effort.
Lord Mayor's Speech
Non-Fiction 1943 3 mins Location: Cardiff Bay
The Lord Mayor of Cardiff speaks to camera, exhorting all good citizens to support the war-time Wings for Victory Week by saving and thereby lending money to the government.
Warwork News No 25
Government sponsored film 1943 9 mins
Wartime news magazine for factory workers, sponsored by the Ministry of Supply. News items often stressed the value of the 'factory front'.
The Marchwood Park Training Centre and power boats
Amateur film 1939 13 mins Silent Location: Hythe
Women train for war work at Marchwood Park House in this remarkable film which features camouflaged factories, barrage balloons, gas masks and a netball match.
Worker and War Front No. 18
Government sponsored film 1945 11 mins Silent Location: Hackney
A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.
Feed the Furnaces
Government sponsored film 1941 5 mins
An appeal for citizens to give up their old bed frames and garden tools, as part of a government drive to salvage resources for the war effort.
Royal Leamington Spa
Current affairs 1978 9 mins Location: West Bromwich
The UK's immigration laws have prevented Dara Singh from seeing his family for a decade. His is one of many sad stories...
Leamington Spa Race Relations
News 1971 4 mins Location: Royal Leamington Spa
A 1971 race relations report claimed that Leamington Spa was way ahead in its dealings with issues arising from migrants settling in the town.
Non-Fiction 1978 7 mins Location: Royal Leamington Spa
Church bells, organs and choirs are all sounds you'd expect to hear at a church - but what about the sound of a steam locomotive at full tilt?
Travelogue 1910 5 mins Silent Location: Royal Leamington Spa
Elegantly attired men and women while away a sunny afternoon on the banks of the River Avon in this idyllic Edwardian travelogue.
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.
Amateur film 1967 20 mins Silent Location: Warwick
World renowned landmarks, the country's most famous author and traditional farming culture meet in the centre of England.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.