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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Music hall ghosts haunt the Bartons Arms pub in Birmingham; a temple to drink and a rare survivor in a city that has destroyed much of its Victorian architecture.
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The performers from the nearby Aston Hippodrome used to drink in the Bartons Arms pub, with those frequenting the lounge bar hidden from the lower orders by discrete 'snob screens'. That grandeur of the Edwardian era may have faded in a time of television and keg ale, but the Bartons Arms has survived long enough to be an admired survivor of Birmingham's past greatness. Bob Warman orders a pint and soaks up the atmosphere.
Despite being looted and burnt during riots in 2011 the Bartons Arms continues to entertain drinkers. The Aston Hippodrome was less fortunate being demolished in 1980.
Amateur film 1963 10 mins Silent Location: London
A compelling glimpse inside an unnamed East End pub in 1963 where a talent show takes place featuring singers and strippers.
Promotional 1982 9 mins Location: Hartlepool
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Amateur film 1963 15 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
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Amateur film 1938 6 mins Silent Location: Newark
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News 1980 2 mins Location: Burnham-on-Sea
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Documentary 1977 28 mins Location: Southwold
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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?
News 1967 4 mins Location: Aston
Calling time on a tradition at Ansells Brewery in Birmingham: witness the last time the 'trussing the cooper' ceremony is performed.
Non-Fiction 1938 7 mins Silent Location: Aston
Local news coverage of the wonderful (and very weird) parades and performances staged in Brum to celebrate 100 years since incorporation.
Current affairs 1980 13 mins Location: Smethwick
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Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
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Inside Film 2024 16 mins
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Drama 2023 2 mins
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Romance 2023 2 mins
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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
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