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Using Our Collections in TV and Filmmaking

MACE holds a 70,000 strong collection of professional and amateur footage relating to the rich historical and cultural heritage of the Midlands. This wealth of extraordinary and rarely seen footage captures all the quirky fashions, famous faces, politics and public opinions that have woven through the past century.

We hold the ITV Central regional collection from 1956 to 1994 including Midlands News, ATV Today and Central News as well as ITV regional documentaries. Our unique collections also include professionally made films, illustrating topics such as industry and city redevelopment, as well as amateur material exemplifying the history and culture of the Midlands and beyond.

Our collections are a rich resource for curators, archive producers and filmmakers who wish to illustrate and enhance their productions with archive material. Find out how you can enrich your project below.


Our collections are all searchable via this website including an advanced search option which allows you to filter the search by date, location and genre. We also offer a complimentary research service and our experienced staff are always on hand to assist with your search.

While some of the collection is available to view on the website, there are over 55,000 titles that have not yet been digitised. You can access these elements of the collection either by arranging a viewing appointment at our base in Lincoln or by ordering an MPEG 4 or DVD screener.


We charge our minimum licence fee at the point of supplying master material and ask that you submit a final usage declaration on completion of your final edit. Use of the material will be subject to receiving permission from the copyright holders which our experienced rights team will obtain on your behalf before master files are supplied.

All income generated is fed directly back into achieving our charitable aims of preserving the collections and connecting individuals and communities with their screen heritage.

For further information on our transfer and licence fees, or to arrange a viewing appointment or screener, please contact MACE's Archive Sales Team here