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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New Year Resolutions
Drinking, smoking, gambling: what are you giving up? It's new year's eve 1970 and the people of Birmingham tell us about their resolutions.
Non-Fiction 1970 2 mins
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Alan Jones asks people in Birmingham if they intend to make any new year resolutions. The tradition can be traced back to the Romans making promises to their god, Janus at the beginning of a new year. They'd probably forgotten their pledges by February too.
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Recruits of Lord Kitchener's 'New Army' parade on Christmas morning.
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He arrived in Britain with £3 and went on to become one of the richest business men in the Midlands. How did Amrat Parmar do it?
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Bus timetables are sacrosanct to some but to others there are more important things in life - and faith is one of them.
Non-Fiction 1913 5 mins Location: Birmingham
A carnival procession and Rose Queen crowning ceremony, possibly in Birmingham
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Non-Fiction 1927 13 mins Location: Birmingham
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Amateur film 1929 14 mins
Amateur film of the passage to India - complete with guest appearance by Gandhi
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The tale of a quest to free Napoleon Bonaparte from exile on the island of St Helena, including fresh insight into the mystery of The Emperor's pickled private parts.
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Advert 1924 4 mins
Kodak pocket cameras provide the perfect substitute for a budding portrait artist with little drawing talent. Based on the drawings of Harold Bateman.
Advert 1925 3 mins
Any Old No. 1 is not good enough for our everyman who insists on Shell motor oil and motor spirit for his car.
Advert 1975 0 mins
Three children stamp the ice cream packs with a "2p off" stamp. Look out for the special packs!
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