For many of the academic courses at the University of Exeter, the museum has become an invaluable resource for analysing the relationship between the moving image and various academic disciplines.

Dr. Helen Hanson, a Senior Lecturer in Film, runs a second year English module called “Adaptation: Text, Image, Culture” which directly focuses on the adaptation of texts into film and media. The museum is used in this module to compliment and facilitate learning about a text’s transformation to the screen, shedding light on the social, historical and economic influences involved in the adaptation process.

Dr. Joe Kember, Senior Lecturer in Film, runs the second year module “Shots in the Dark” which explores the development of Hollywood cinema from the late 19th to the 21st century. The module focuses on the economic, social and technological changes that have affected Hollywood cinema and how we respond to it. The museum’s collections are used to compliment the study of themes such as the rise of the Hollywood star and fandom, the development of wide-screen cinema and the impact of film merchandise.

“Film Studies: An Introduction” is an optional module for first year English students which involves a study of the work of Bill Douglas. Whilst working closely with the museum’s artefacts, student’s can explore the importance of Douglas’ role as an auteur and his influence on British cinema.

The museum’s curator, Dr. Phil Wickham, also runs his own third year English module called “British Screens”. This module is based around the museum's collections and explores the development of moving image culture in Britain, focusing on television as well as cinema.

These are just a few examples of the modules on offer which use the museum’s collections. For more information on these modules and other modules within the Humanities department, please click here.

We are pleased to publish online the following essays by students using the collections:

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Rosie Gibbs

Doctor Zhivago by Olivia Gray

Rebecca by Fergus Cook