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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Strength, speed and agility on show at the Sikh Games held at Hadley Stadium in Smethwick with a special welcome for local weightlifting hero Gian Singh Cheema.
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Tony Maycock from ATV Today meets Gian Singh Cheema star of the West Midlands weightlifting scene. It's not just strength on show at Hadley Stadium though as a local police officer is on hand to describe the rules of kabaddi, the breath sapping Asian team game in which competitors take it in turns to run into the opposition's half and 'tag' members of the opposing team whilst holding their breath and chanting, "Kabaddi, kabaddi...".
Documentary 1962 5 mins
Paddington to Birmingham in five and a half minutes! A sped up journey filmed from the front of the train.
Travelogue 1947 17 mins Location: Warwick
Tourist promo film extolling the delights of Birmingham and the Midlands, with a sprinkling of arch one-liners.
Birmingham University Procession on Degree Day (1901) Birmingham University Procession on Degree Day (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 9 mins Silent Location: Birmingham
Female graduates and gents sporting spectacular Edwardian whiskers take part in Birmingham’s first Degree Day ceremony.
Employees Leaving Tangyes Engineering Works, Smethwick (1901) Employees Leaving Tangyes Engineering Works, Smethwick (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Birmingham
Exuberant scenes of engineers and machinists at the famous Cornwall works near Birmingham.
Non-Fiction 1957 6 mins Silent Location: Birmingham
Out and about across the Midlands to see what people do with their Easter Monday holiday. Spring is in the air with time for swimming, funfairs and a good honest pint.
Non-Fiction 1972 9 mins Location: Gravelly Hill
C2963 or Gravelly Hill Interchange or Spaghetti Junction? The public's name is going to be the one that sticks as a little bit of Los Angeles arrives in Birmingham.
News 1978 6 mins Location: Smethwick
Hindu and Muslim creations in gold inject bright new styles into Birmingham's jewellery making industry.
Visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen to the Works of Chance Brothers and Co Limited Visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen to the Works of Chance Brothers and Co Limited
Amateur film 1940 8 mins Silent Location: Smethwick
19 April 1940 finds the King and Queen on a morale boosting visit to the glassworks of Chance Brothers in Smethwick - another vital cog in the wheel of British war production.
Magazine and Review show 1983 8 mins Location: Smethwick
The dirt, grime and molten metal of the foundry has long reflected the strength of West Midlands industry; but for how much longer?
Non-Fiction 1970 3 mins Location: Smethwick
The Boulton Place flats in Smethwick are 14 years old but some residents who used to be proud to live there want them pulled down. What's gone wrong?
Non-Fiction 1965 4 mins Location: Smethwick
Blissful long summer days with children playing outside late into the evening. In Smethwick not everyone is enjoying the fun.
Current affairs 1980 13 mins Location: Smethwick
"There's been no active encouragement for black people to participate within the political structure of this country". A bleak picture of the lack of equality in Britain.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
Plotting world domination, Devil Doctor Fu-Manchu steals plans for a new aero-torpedo in this earliest surviving thrill-a-minute serial instalment.
Inside Film 2024 16 mins
Filmmakers Jane Giles and Ali Catterall discuss their documentary Scala!!!, revisiting the legendary and inspirational cinema venue and some of the most notorious films that screened there.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.