The collection includes artefacts dating from the seventeenth century to the present day, covering all aspects of cinema, pre-cinema and the history of the moving image. The collection is very diverse but is united by an emphasis on the audience’s experience of the moving image.
This catalogue lists the items that we hold in the museum. To see the items you will need to consult them in our reading room at the University, although in some cases there are low-resolution images accompanying the description of the item. You can search the collection by putting in search terms in the box at the top right of this page. You can also browse the different categories of material by clicking the button below. You can create your own collection by adding items as you browse, just click 'add to my collection'.
Accessing the collections.
Items from The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum collections are available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, situated in Research Commons, Old Library. The reading room is open Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm (except Bank Holidays and between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day). Please give at least 2 working day's notice of your visit.
There are currently restrictions due to the pandemic and, although the reading room remains open, there is very limited access. You can find more details here
To request materials save your collection and cut and paste the weblink that is created into an email to us. Alternatively please quote the item number (for example #23651) that is found with each catalogue entry.
Send your request to [email protected], also letting us know the time within our opening hours that you hope to arrive at the Special Collections Reading Room. We will only get back to you if there is a problem, otherwise assume that material requested will be ready for you at the appointment time you requested.
Please email requests in advance to [email protected] or phone 01392 724321.
The museum holds several archival collections which have been generously donated by key figures in British cinema. The archives have a particularly strong emphasis upon British independent films.
The collection is very broad in its scope but does have areas of particular strength, which are detailed here.
Play our Alternative Reality Game game, 'Seeking the Lanternist' funded by The Arts Council of England . Immerse yourself in a dystopian world where a group of rebels battle to regain the world of cinema from a futuristic government that has banned all films. Players and rebels are helped by discovering the history of cinema through artefacts from moving image history held at the museum, including the Lumière Cinématographe, one of the first cameras to shoot and project films. To play the game please use Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser rather than Internet Explorer.
Here we feature some particular areas within the collection. Currently we have a page on Don Boyd's film 'Aria', including original documents from Don's archive, which is held here, and a filmed interview with Don made by a group of first year students as part of the Grand Challenges project.