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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Stratford upon Avon By-election
What effect will the political bombshell of the Profumo scandal have on the voters of Stratford upon Avon?
News 1963 3 mins
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In 1963, the Conservative MP and Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, was forced to resign over a scandal involving vice, official secrets and lying to the House of Commons. The resulting by-election in his old Stratford upon Avon seat attracted the media in droves, with the press relishing the salacious intrigue. However, in this Midland Montage item Reg Harcourt finds an electorate that doesn't seem that bothered by it all.
Angus Maude was the victor in the by-election for the Conservatives and held the seat until 1983. The 1963 Stratford by-election also saw the first political sighting of Screaming Lord Sutch who stood under a banner of the National Teenage Party.
Never Mind The Ballots
Vote for Froglet
Children's 1974 7 mins
As the general election is held in the UK, it's polling day for the Clangers on a small blue planet far away.
Coventry North West By-election
News 1976 5 mins Location: Coventry
Who's who in the 1976 Coventry North West by-election. A vital campaign for a former industrial centre now in economic crisis.
Campaigning film 1938 17 mins Location: London
A housewife galvanises her docker husband to take an interest in more important matters than the football pools.
Bolton Election Result
Non-Fiction 1912 1 mins Location: Bolton
Women's Suffrage campaigners make their mark in a key by-election
Pike's Cine-Sound Pictorial Composite Reel No. 5
Non-Fiction 1986 19 mins Location: Pickering
Another example of a by-election protest vote as David Steel arrives to address the Pickering populace as the Liberals gain a famous victory in the middle of Thatcher’s rule.
Thinking about People
Party political broadcast 1965 10 mins
A Liberal dose of electioneering in this unmissable party political broadcast - an example of 1960s live TV saved on film.
Ancient Mop Fair
Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
The annual mop fair in Stratford-Upon-Avon, including the roasting of an ox
Mr. Therm's Review No. 4
Cinemagazine 1955 12 mins Location: Olney
Stained glass, a pancake race and actors Anthony Quayle and Barbara Jefford feature in this promo from the Gas Council
Travelogue 1939 0 mins Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
Have a trip away from the hustle and bustle and travel by rail to take in the sights of Shakespeare country.
Amateur film 1932 9 mins Location: Wilmcote
Ticking off the tourist attractions of William Shakespeare's old stamping ground in a rather grand Rolls Royce.
British and Best
Non-Fiction 1928 0 mins Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
A progressive design by a pioneering female architect beats all comers to become the new Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford
Easter Holiday Activities
Non-Fiction 1957 6 mins 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.
Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive
Public Information Filler 1963 1 mins
Ernie tells Eric to ‘be wise’ and not drive home after their Christmas party
Shiraz: A Romance of India
Historical drama 1928 106 mins
This epic silent film, telling the ravishing, romantic story behind the Taj Mahal, has been newly restored with a sumptuous new score from Anoushka Shankar.
Building the 3rd Orpington Boy Scout Group Headquarters
Amateur film 1965 9 mins Location: Orpington
Follow construction of the new Scout Hall, from breaking ground to the finishing touch - the mounting of a moose head!
National Scoutcar Racing in Brighton
Amateur film 1967 3 mins Location: Brighton
Homemade go-karts of all colours, shapes and sizes can be seen haring along Madeira Drive in Brighton, as Scouts compete for first place.
Cyril Visits Lesney Farm Allotment and Pubs in Erith
Amateur film 1982 2 mins Location: Erith
Two classic masculine pastimes from the 1970s - allotments and pubs.
Fete at Erith
Amateur film 1979 3 mins Location: Erith
Looking down on Erith fete and across the river to East London.