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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Memories of past conflicts on a sombre Summer's day in Derbyshire.
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Belper film-maker Norman Mellor shot these scenes of the annual July pilgrimage made by the Sherwood Foresters to their war memorial at Crich in Derbyshire. The event continues a tradition that began with the unveiling of a memorial at the historic vantage point to commemorate the 11,409 soldiers of the regiment who died during the First World War. The Foresters' distinctive ram mascot also makes an appearance for this show of ceremony and solemnity.
The war memorial at Crich was dedicated in 1923 and replaced an earlier beacon that had fallen into disuse. The traditional pilgrimage continues annually with the Sherwood Foresters latterly becoming part of the Mercian Regiment. The National Tramway Museum that is also situated at Crich and features at the end of this reel had begun operating electric services in 1964.