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.
This film is part of Free
Solihull in Wartime
Preparation and readiness is the order of the day as the different branches of the home front services in Solihull do their bit in the fight for the future of the nation.
Amateur film 1943 23 mins Silent
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This amateur film includes a demonstration of how to rescue casualties from an underground shelter (hampered by a mock gas attack) and a large scale competitive exercise in Kenilworth complete with burning buildings (which demonstrates that the stirrup pump was of little use in a full scale blaze). Finally, the Home Guard is put through its paces - the now legendary force that would have been the final line of defence against the Nazi war machine.
Home Movies & Amateur Film
Home movie 1945 17 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
Whether it’s the height of the war or its aftermath makes no difference to these children enjoying themselves: at the seaside, on V E Day and around the bomb sites of Sheffield.
Home movie 1903 1 mins Silent Location: Streatham
In the year the Wright Brothers made their first flight, an Edwardian family film themselves taking to the skies… sort of.
Home movie 1936 28 mins Silent
Lloyd George tours the sights of Nazi Germany while his chauffeurs lark about with an SS Officer in this grimly fascinating film.
Amateur film 1932 14 mins Silent Location: Bridlington
A rare insight into the public and private lives of the pioneering aviator, filmed by her father.
1953 16 mins Silent
A day in the life of a school - filmed by a pupil who later became one of Britain's best documentary makers.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1964 3 mins
Petty party politics gets animated - literally - in this amateur cartoon with a message.
News 1974 4 mins Location: Solihull
The Solihull centre that offered training for an eager workforce traditionally rejected by the world of work.
News 1977 2 mins Location: Solihull
Disabled motorists take on the Government and corner a Minister in the process.
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?
Home movie 1954 16 mins Location: Solihull
A red letter day for students of local government in Solihull as the area celebrates its change from urban district council to municipal borough.
Amateur film 1938 8 mins Silent Location: Solihull
The bodies soon pile up when the lads of the Solihull Rat Club let their dogs loose on the town's infestation.
Amateur film 1938 18 mins Silent Location: Solihull
With a fantasy view of history that would be home-from-home for Walt Disney, the people of Solihull and Shirley enjoy their costumed carnival revelries.
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
A vibrant festival with parades of fishermen and geisha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
1912 5 mins Silent
Pathécolor’s mechanical stencil colouring is put to good use illustrating a festival at an ancient shrine.