Welcome to The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum
The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is home to one of the largest collections of material relating to the moving image in Britain. We are both an accredited public museum and an academic research facility and we hold a collection of over 87,000 items. Over 1,000 of our items are on display in our Galleries and are available to be viewed by the public.
The museum is open from 10am to 5pm every day (except for closure between Christmas and New Year). This year we will close at 5pm on Friday 22nd December and reopen at 10am on Tuesday 2nd January.
Leading film critic Mark Kermode visited the museum in Summer 2017 and made this film about us for his 'KermodeUncut' video blog.
You can explore and subscribe to our YouTube Channel, where we have films and podcasts about the museum and its collections. There is a series of podcasts available now with student volunteers Chloé and Jess interviewing academics and others about film history, using our holdings.
You can also find a podcast about us by The Cinematologists here
Find out more about our Black Screen History Exhibition, curated by Chloé Jarrett-Bell here:
The museum galleries are free and open every day from 10am to 5pm (except between Christmas and New Year). You can borrow a copy of our guidebook during your visit. Pick up a copy at our entrance.
Study facilities are open by appointment Monday to Friday 10am - 12.30 pm, 1.30- 4.30pm (except for Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year). You can book here.
Browse our catalogue, listing details of our collection of over 87,000 artefacts. You can book to come and research here.
Bill Douglas (1934-1991) was one of the British cinema's most innovative auteurs. As well as making films, he and his friend Peter Jewell assembled a remarkable collection of over 50,000 items. This was gifted to the University to found the museum and forms the heart of our collection.