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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To Build an Island's Future
Through blazing sun and monsoon rain new British built diesel locomotives keep communications open on the far off island of Ceylon.
Promotional 1954 7 mins
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Sri Lanka's rail network was built by the British in the second half of the 19th century. When this film was made in 1954 the island was still known as Ceylon and its railways were making the transition from steam to diesel. Brush Bagnall Traction Ltd of Loughborough made this promotional film to celebrate the delivery of the first main line diesel locomotives to the island. Designed for the testing monsoon conditions these locomotives ran on into the 1980s.
Railways on Film
Documentary 1970 7 mins
Sir John Betjeman reminisces about the phasing out of the mainline steam operation.
Conway Castle - panoramic view of Conway on the L.& N.W. Railway Conway Castle - panoramic view of Conway on the L.& N.W. Railway
Non-Fiction 1898 2 mins Silent Location: Conwy Castle
Conwy's bridge, castle and station glide past, as if in a dream, in this beautiful phantom train ride film (no ghosts but apparently no train either) from 1898.
Non-Fiction 1925 19 mins Silent Location: Darlington
A grand parade of locomotives to celebrate 100 years of railways and the world’s first passenger trains
Non-Fiction 1964 5 mins Location: Derby
A sentimental sale or simply for profit? British Railways sells off the history that doesn't fit with the swinging sixties.
Public Information Filler 1959 6 mins
A heartfelt cry on behalf of the world's litter-baskets.
Amateur film 1960 7 mins Location: Bluebell Railway
Enjoy this charming film from Trevor White which charts the birth of the Bluebell Railway - from the germ of an idea into a fully functioning steam railway
Amateur film 1938 11 mins Silent Location: Loughborough
A last gasp for the British Army's cavalry: the skilled horsemen of the Leicestershire Yeomanry perform for a local audience.
Workforce of Brush Electric Co. Falcon Works, Loughborough (1900) Workforce of Brush Electric Co. Falcon Works, Loughborough (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent Location: Loughborough
A well-staged exit of workers from a Leicestershire manufacturer for the transport industry.
Workforce Leaving Cartwright & Warner Hosiery Works, Loughborough (1900) Workforce Leaving Cartwright & Warner Hosiery Works, Loughborough (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Loughborough
Victorian women workers (and a few men) hasten through the gates of the hosiery works after their shift.
Comedy 1896 1 mins Silent
A deft music hall act adapted for film, featuring the only known appearance of pioneer filmmaker Robert Paul
Advert 1985 2 mins
Take a fighter jet, a Top Gun pilot with sunglasses and a brand new SAAB 900 and you have a sure-fire vehicle to launch a Hollywood career.
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
1965 1 mins Location: York
A world away from zany humour, Richard Lester shows he can also capture the easy opulence of the upper class nibbling After Eight mints.
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.