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 Solihull Rat Club
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 8 mins Silent Not rated
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Not a film for the squeamish or those looking for images of soft and cuddly animals. This amateur reel shot by Reginald Patterson shows the Solihull Rat Club at work, as the subtitle has it, 'for sport and social benefit'. The rats don't stand a chance against dogs, ferrets and men with sticks, clubs and, in one case, a hockey stick. And when the dogs aren't chasing rats they're fighting each other!
Animals on Film
Documentary 1940 12 mins
Fun mixture of natural history and wartime public information.
Comedy 2004 4 mins
Sweet and funny short about a potty-mouthed dog who loves his owner
Non-Fiction 1959 3 mins
Six legged competitors take to the starting blocks as a Midlands pub brings the sport of beetle racing to the world.
News 1971 5 mins Location: St Keverne
Daisy the pet alligator living on the Lizard in Cornwall
Children's 1972 52 mins Director: David Eady
Fun-packed comedy for kids, in which a boy befriends a baby elephant – then teams up with his friends to stop it being sold
Amateur film 1967 14 mins Location: Thompson Common
Should you look hard enough, you’ll be amazed at the antics that creatures get up to, says Dorothy Maxey, amateur filmmaker and naturalist.
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 1943 23 mins Silent Location: Solihull
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 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.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Weston Park
A stroll in the park for civilised city-dwellers in Edwardian South Yorkshire.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
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