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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Sale of Railway Fittings
A sentimental sale or simply for profit? British Railways sells off the history that doesn't fit with the swinging sixties.
Non-Fiction 1964 5 mins
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With items dating back to the 1840s being ripped out of railway stations across the network British Railways realised that there were collectors willing to pay for what they considered to be outdated junk. Lionel Hampden reports from Derby in 1964 and views some of the relics that will not survive the era of Beeching and modernisation. From gas lamps to iconic name plates - a train enthusiast's ultimate dream: to own a piece of railway Victoriana.
Considering the sheer number of now collectable artefacts on display here it is interesting to note that the sale was the result of the closure of only two lines: Burton to Leicester and Derby Friargate to Nottingham Victoria.
Railways on Film
Railways for Ever!
Documentary 1970 7 mins
Sir John Betjeman reminisces about the phasing out of the mainline steam operation.
Conway Castle - panoramic view of Conway on the L.& N.W. Railway
Non-Fiction 1898 2 mins Silent Location: Conwy Castle
Conwy's bridge, castle and station glide past, as if in a dream, in this beautiful phantom train ride film (no ghosts but apparently no train either) from 1898.
Neville Chamberlain Opens New Railway Station
Non-Fiction 1926 4 mins Silent Location: Welwyn Garden City
Empire News Bulletin record the Conservative Minister Neville Chamberlain at Welwyn Station's official opening ceremony.
The Official Film of the Railway Centenary
Non-Fiction 1925 19 mins Silent Location: Darlington
A grand parade of locomotives to celebrate 100 years of railways and the world’s first passenger trains
I Am a Litter Basket
Public Information Filler 1959 6 mins
A heartfelt cry on behalf of the world's litter-baskets.
Amateur film 1960 7 mins Location: Bluebell Railway
Enjoy this charming film from Trevor White which charts the birth of the Bluebell Railway - from the germ of an idea into a fully functioning steam railway
Training Diesel Drivers
Non-Fiction 1962 6 mins Location: Derby
Farewell to the faithful steam war-horse as modernisation brings diesel power to the railways of Britain.
Derby County and Brian Clough
News 1968 4 mins Location: Derby
"The way we're playing I don't want to see an awful lot of them". Typically blunt words from Brian Clough as his team prepare for a visit by Leeds United.
Derby County v Leicester City
Amateur film 1939 2 mins Silent Location: Derby
Derby County take on Leicester City at the Baseball ground in April 1939 - the last full season of football before the outbreak of war.
Derby v Grimsby
Amateur film 1934 3 mins Silent Location: Derby
In October 1934 a high-flying Grimsby Town team put four past Derby County at the Baseball Ground.
Amateur film 1947 37 mins Silent Location: Derby
From sport and country dancing to theatre and woodwork. There are a hundred ways of self improvement and therefore no time to sit and stare for the youth of Derby.
This Is Derby
Amateur film 1966 18 mins Silent Location: Derby
Nostalgic snapshot of the town of Derby in the mid 1960s.
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Silent Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Silent Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.