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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Wolverhampton into the Seventies
Bricks and mortar makes way for concrete and reinforced steel as Wolverhampton sweeps the past aside in a modernist town planning utopia.
Documentary 1970 20 mins
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Houses and Georgian and Victorian shops give way to flats as Wolverhampton prepares for the modern age: the 1970s. Two new shopping centres, tower block living and a ring-road that cuts through large areas of the old town are the result. Progress perhaps but a nightmare for the sentimentalist or Victorian enthusiast.
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