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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The New Life
"A new city - your city". Telford is a different kind of new town that's not just about brick and concrete.
Promotional 1971 17 mins
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This promotional film made by the Telford Development Corporation paints the new city, then being built under the shadow of the Wrekin, as one for families and people wanting to escape conventional city living. Little mention is made of the jobs that will sustain a new prosperity but we are left with a heady mixture of community local centres, sports facilities and corporation homes free from long waiting lists then familiar to many families.
The Telford development was originally known as Dawley New Town and was designated in 1963. In 1968 the development was renamed Telford, after the Scottish born civil engineer, Thomas Telford who had been the Surveyor of Public Works for Shropshire in the eighteenth century. Presenter Tom Coyne was well known in the region as the face of the BBC's Midlands Today news programme. The population figures predicted in this film of a quarter of a million by 1991 have still yet to be reached. (Please note that this title contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.)
Garden Cities & New Towns
Promotional 1952 10 mins Silent Location: Letchworth Garden City
1903 saw the launch of "First Garden City Ltd." and the purchase of development land near Hitchin. 50 years on, in Coronation year, Letchworth was worthy of another celebration.
1956 14 mins Location: Harlow
An insider's guide to 1950s Harlow made for US audiences, with architect Frederick Gibberd interviewed from the top of the Lawn tower block.
Cinemagazine 1973 8 mins Location: Milton Keynes
"The most exciting thing going on in Europe, if not the world": welcome to Milton Keynes circa 1973.
News 1966 3 mins Location: Stevenage
Stevenage is town planning utopia, for it boasts at least 50 - yes 50! - underpasses. Like a pro, the reporter’s enthusiasm enlivens the dry subject matter. Journeying is but a joy!
Amateur film 1957 15 mins Silent Location: Welwyn Garden City
Picturesque tour of Welwyn, England's second Garden City. A rural-urban idyll of spacious residential areas and green community spaces. A marvel of town planning design!
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1948 8 mins
Charley says (no, not that one) that Britain’s new towns are great
Cinemagazine 1973 5 mins Location: Ironbridge
The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution becomes a nursery for the study and conservation of our industrial past.
School programme and Educational film 1977 9 mins Location: Telford
Six Shropshire villages combine and the new town of Telford is born.
Travelogue 1942 4 mins Silent Location: Conwy
Conwy, the ‘a’ no longer officially included in the name, has many a draw for the visitor including an Elizabeth mansion (‘Plas Mawr’) and the smallest house in Britain.
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