British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access


A shot from the film "Leicester Agricultural Society Meltom Mowbray Horse Show" [sic], c.1913
The Archive was established in 2000 as the English regional moving image archive covering the East and West Midlands. The archive exists both to collect and to be a point of reference and information about all aspects of the life, culture and history of the East and West Midlands as reflected in the moving image media. The collections of film, videotape and digital media span the entire era of moving image production from the mid-1890s to the present day and are constantly growing.

The material held is primarily non-fiction and is a mix of amateur and professional.

The largest single holding at the time of writing is the regional news and programme collection of ATV and Central Television. Spanning a period from 1956 to about 1990, with agreement to review and regularly add more recent material, the collection is the largest and most complete of the regional TV companies.
The TV collections number some 24,000 reels of film or videocassettes representing news inserts for the entire period and regional programmes principally from the 1980s.

Additionally MACE holds a growing number of smaller collections covering a wide range of areas of activities in the regions. These are both amateur and professionally produced and include documentaries, local newsreels, advertising and promotional films, instructional and training films and home movies.

The collection is held in a purpose built atmospherically controlled store and is regularly monitored.
Leicestershire; Nottingham; Nottinghamshire; Birmingham; Derbyshire; Lincolnshire; Derby; Midlands; Northamptonshire; Shropshire; Staffordshire; Stoke-on-Trent; Coventry; Warwickshire; Leicester; Documentary; Amateur Film; West Midlands; Wolverhampton; Herefordshire; Rutland; Worcestershire; Lincoln; Dudley; Sandwell; Solihull; Telford & Wrekin and Walsall; East Midlands
MACE is committed to providing the widest possible access to the collections within the boundaries of professional collection care principles and subject to any restrictions imposed by rights issues.
The archive is open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and may be visited by appointment. We are happy to receive and will do our best to respond to any enquiries or requests relating to moving image in the regions or beyond.
We make no charge for non-commercial enquiries or for any subsequent non-commercial research viewing on the premises. We will facilitate viewing of the collection wherever possible.
Viewing facilities for 16mm & 35mm film, VHS video and DVD.
Please contact MACE for details of our charges.
All copyright is observed. Advice on clearance is available.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

The archive comprises film material on Standard and Super 8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm and 35mm. Videotape comprises material held on VHS, S-VHS, U-matic (Hi and Low band and SP), Betamax, DV, BetaCam SP, Digi Beta, D2 DV Cam and One inch.

Artefact and Related Documentation Holdings

Rewinders; Projectors
ATV marketing materials produced by the press office.
Cine cameras; Editing equipment and viewers
TV, Video & Digital
Video recording equipment


Computerised database
The catalogued collections are searchable via the MACE website:

Additional Information

Artefact notes

Main Contact

01522 837750
The Media Archive for Central England
University of Lincoln
Alfred Tennyson Building
Brayford Pool

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