MACE has a long history of working on highly successful projects and thanks to funding from the British Film Institute and from the Heritage Lottery Fund MACE have been working on a range of projects to help preserve our collections and to increase public access to the material we care for.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund in partnership with Siemens, Lincolnshire County Council and the University of Lincoln, this project has allowed MACE to catalogue, assess and digitise a collection of films made by the renowned Lincoln-based engineering firm Ruston and Hornsby.
The photos which are now stored at Lincolnshire Archives and films stored here at MACE form part of a huge collection showcasing the history of Ruston and Hornsby, which became part of Siemens in 2003. The archive spans the company’s 150 years, offering a rare and detailed insight into Lincolnshire’s manufacturing heyday and Britain’s industrial past.
You can learn more about the project here and extracts from the digitised films can be viewed via MACE's Vimeo page.
BFI Discovery Fund
Back in 2013 we began exploring the MACE collections and digitising a range of material for the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage Digitisation Fund. This exciting national development has made a wealth of material from the UK’s film archives available to view on the BFI's online media platform the BFI Player.
You can view 1000s of films which capture life in Britain over the last 120 years including a repertoire of Midlands Material from MACE.
Click here to start exploring the secret lives and hidden histories and of your region!
Heritage Lottery Fund – Vinegar Syndrome Project
Joanna White and Sue Winn have been working on the restoration of an important collection of decaying film material passed to us by the Wolverhampton Borough Archives. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have been digitising and reconstructing films made by a Wolverhampton based company called Warners in the 50s, 60s and 70s.
We have been aided in our endeavours by a team of volunteers in Wolverhampton who conducted research on Warners and their films. An exhibition about the project will be held at Wolverhampton City Archives in June 2015.
You can view titles from the Warners collection via MACE's Vimeo page here
Heritage Lottery Fund - Full Circle
From March 2010 to March 2013 MACE ran FULL CIRCLE, a Heritage Lottery Funded project that supported 69 local history societies, community groups and other organisations to find, identify and use film and video that will be held both locally and at MACE for the benefit of the community.
56 of these groups uncovered material and 486 hours of film and tape was found in total. We digitised 209 collections totalling 2406 reels and 330,600 feet!
The Full Circle Project will have a lasting impact on local communities across the East and West Midlands. By collecting and showing films, the project has built interest in local history and developed a sense of belonging and pride of place in people throughout the Midlands.