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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Spaghetti Junction Story
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.
Non-Fiction 1972 9 mins
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26,000 tons of steel and 160,000 yards of concrete take shape as final preparations are made to the construction of Spaghetti Junction at Gravelly Hill in Birmingham. A mammoth road project linking the M6 with the city that will go on to define Birmingham for a whole generation. The police at Perry Barr are standing by with all the latest in closed circuit cameras and even a computer to help keep the traffic flowing in anticipation of the chaos predicted by many forecasters.
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