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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Midlands News: 20.02.1963: Redditch Vox Pops
A cinema? Football? A swimming pool? What does Redditch need as it stands on the brink of a life changing new town development?
Non-Fiction 1963 2 mins
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Redditch was not designated a new town officially until April 1964. More than a year earlier Tim Downes visited the town for Midlands News to gauge opinion on the proposal to greatly enlarge what had been a small industrial town to house families moving from nearby Birmingham.
During the development of Redditch as a new town the population grew from 30,000 to 70,000.
Garden Cities & New Towns
Promotional 1952 10 mins Silent Location: Letchworth Garden City
1903 saw the launch of "First Garden City Ltd." and the purchase of development land near Hitchin. 50 years on, in Coronation year, Letchworth was worthy of another celebration.
1956 14 mins Location: Harlow
An insider's guide to 1950s Harlow made for US audiences, with architect Frederick Gibberd interviewed from the top of the Lawn tower block.
Cinemagazine 1973 8 mins Location: Milton Keynes
"The most exciting thing going on in Europe, if not the world": welcome to Milton Keynes circa 1973.
News 1966 3 mins Location: Stevenage
Stevenage is town planning utopia, for it boasts at least 50 - yes 50! - underpasses. Like a pro, the reporter’s enthusiasm enlivens the dry subject matter. Journeying is but a joy!
Amateur film 1957 15 mins Silent Location: Welwyn Garden City
Picturesque tour of Welwyn, England's second Garden City. A rural-urban idyll of spacious residential areas and green community spaces. A marvel of town planning design!
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1948 8 mins
Charley says (no, not that one) that Britain’s new towns are great
Promotional 1963 18 mins Location: Solihull
With major stories cropping up right across the Midlands can ATV's news team get the programme out on time?
Midland Montage: 13.11.1962: The Manufacture of Fishing Rods Midland Montage: 13.11.1962: The Manufacture of Fishing Rods
Non-Fiction 1962 4 mins Location: Redditch
"A poem of strength and grace". The craftsmen and women of Redditch demonstrate how to create a perfectly balanced fishing rod.
Amateur film 1951 12 mins Silent Location: Redditch
With much bowing and curtseying the new carnival queen of Redditch takes her place on what appears to be a giant wedding cake.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2017 4 mins
A comedy-drama animation about two best friends growing up in the same world but experiencing it completely differently.
Drama 2018 8 mins
Samona Olanipekun explores the concepts of home, identity and belonging, from the starting point of the theme of globalisation.
Drama 2017 16 mins
Compelling story of a complex relationship between an imperious father and his son.
Documentary 2020 28 mins
Three African American fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community.
Music video 2019 8 mins
A conceptual film following musical artist Jords’ quest to serendipity. The Tree of Life’ is the cornerstone of the film as he battles to triumph through grief.
Documentary 2019 3 mins
Exploring the way in which culture has a fundamental influence within the African Diaspora in London.
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