Here you can listen to clips from our museum audio tour, with insights from museum curator Dr. Phil Wickham, principal donor Peter Jewell, and university lecturer Dr. Helen Hanson.
To browse through all the clips, visit the museum's SoundCloud page.
Peter Jewell talks about different forms of shadow theatre from around the world, including the traditional Turkish shadow play characters Karagöz and Hacivat.
Peter Jewell talks about the development of the panorama and subsequent pre-cinema visual effects.
Peter Jewell talks about the praxinoscope and phenakistoscope, 19th century devices that simulated moving images and were among the first forms of animation.
Peter Jewell talks about the magic lantern and its role in the development of early cinema.
Peter Jewell talks about cinema pioneers the Lumière brothers, Thomas Edison and William KL Dickson and their revolutionary inventions.
Peter Jewell talks about some notable items in the collection from the early days of cinema.
Dr. Helen Hanson talks about the development of film technology, focusing on a number of items from the collection.
Dr. Phil Wickham talks about the rise of cinema and cinemagoing as a popular pasttime.
Peter Jewell talks about items relating to the iconic silent-film star Charlie Chaplin.
Dr. Phil Wickham talks about famous Hollywood stars, including Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.
Dr. Phil Wickham talks about renowned filmmakers Michael Powell, Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles.
Dr. Phil Wickham talks about British cinema, from the silent era through to modern classics.
Dr. Phil Wickham talks about the success of blockbuster movies and merchandising, focusing on Steven Spielberg's Jaws and the indomitable Star Wars franchise.