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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From shire horses to the Royal Marines, welcome to the annual Newark Show. A serious business for the farming community, with prizes to win and 800 gallons of beer to be drunk.
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Taking a fly-on-the wall approach this documentary from Central Television is firmly in the non-sensationalist camp of reality television. The camera freely roams across the site of the 1984 Newark agricultural show revelling in the small detail as the farming community mixes with visitors from the industrial East Midlands. A trouble free show apart from a missing child and the drinkers turned away from the members' bar.
The annual festival of farming organised by the Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society has a history that stretches back in Newark to the nineteenth century and before that to an earlier Newark May Fair. From the 1960s the event was based on a site formerly occupied by RAF Winthorpe in the town.