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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Can Melton Mowbray really be "a storm centre of international incident" - surely not?
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In the days before 'Protected Geographical Status' and strict food labelling some Americans from Wisconsin had the cheek to produce their own Stilton cheese (complete with Union flag and Houses of Parliament on the packaging). Peter Green finds out what the people of Melton Mowbray think. With the nickname 'Mr Stilton' you can probably guess what John Eason of the local cheese makers' association had to say.
According to legend the distinctive blue cheese from the East Midlands got its name 'Stilton' from the village where it was first sold, which was then in Huntingdonshire, around fifty miles from its Vale of Belvoir home. The cheese now has protected status and can only be made in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire or Derbyshire.
Public Information Filler 1940 7 mins
This informative herring aid from WWII makes no bones about the need to make the most of every fish
News 1972 5 mins Location: Wednesbury
Tasting the plain, good 'fittle' of the Black Country - just remember to pull the hairs out of those pork scratchings.
News 1979 4 mins Location: Moseley
A new type of shop appears on the high street: Indian sweets have arrived in Birmingham.
Non-Fiction 1965 7 mins Location: Birmingham
From the House of Liang Nam to the Kam Ling Bamboo Rooms: the pioneers who made the long journey from Hong Kong to bring Chinese food to Birmingham.
1936 9 mins Silent
Guests to impress? Celebrity chef Marcel Boulestin out a quick veal escalope with the aid of a shiny new gas cooker.
Non-Fiction 1918 4 mins Silent
Handy hints for would-be fromagers
Non-Fiction 1912 6 mins Silent Location: Melton Mowbray
Melton Mowbray celebrates all things equestrian as the Leicestershire Agricultural Society presents its annual horse show.
Amateur film 1961 17 mins Silent Location: Melton Mowbray
Two young tearaways fill their pockets from the church collection. Can the Market Harborough Methodist youth club help them see the light?
Non-Fiction 1938 6 mins Silent Location: Melton Mowbray
The carnival queen and her attendants pose for the camera in their finery as the people of Melton Mowbray take to the streets in celebration.
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.