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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Midland Montage: 06.08.1964: Shoe Makers at Long Buckby
Despite describing modern shoes as 'only slippers', the aging cordwainers of Long Buckby continue to produce beautifully crafted shoes.
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Northamptonshire has long been known for its shoe industry, a trade that gave Northampton Town Football Club its catchy moniker: the Cobblers. But it wasn't just the townsfolk that depended on the industry. Here we see the declining days of the cottage industry that existed in the village of Long Buckby where workers continue to ply their trade surrounded by the clutter of leather, lasts and the twine of generations of craftsmen.