Archive films reveal Lincolnshire in a bygone era

People have a unique chance to view the county at a time before smartphones, the internet and hoverboards, as online archives reveal nostalgic collections of Lincolnshire film footage.

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While scenes of the Lincoln’s historic cathedral and its constant care, prized agricultural produce, and bustling city centre streets have changed very little, film reels stored on the Media Archive for Central England (MACE) show perfectly the evolution of fashions, transportation and industry.

Screenshot: Discovering Lincolnshire Mace Archive Footage

Screenshot: Discovering Lincolnshire MACE Archive Footage

As a registered charity, MACE is bringing images of the Midlands in a bygone era to life and recently uploaded footage of Lincoln has even included an interesting demonstration of how the city centre’s traffic issues are at least four decades old.

Footage titled Discovering Lincolnshire uncovers an insight into Lincoln-based engineering craftsmanship and heritage featuring the works of Ruston Group.

The Lincoln company stemmed back to 1840 was best known as a manufacturer of narrow and standard gauge diesel locomotives and also of steam shovels. Other products included cars, steam locomotives and a range of internal combustion engines, and later gas turbines.

In contrast with the picture today, Lincoln’s engineering heritage is once again being celebrated with tributes to its role in creating the tank, new schools in engineering and technology and booming enterprise.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Clips also travel across the county via Spalding’s colourful flower festival before ending up at the seaside where it may be ‘so bracing’ but the sun will be always shining on the great British holiday, as captured by generations of amateur film-makers.