Happy New Year! 2017 is the 20th anniversary of the opening of The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum to the public and we will be celebrating with a range of events for all audiences, especially in the spring and early summer. Watch this space for more details but we can give you a few dates for your diary already:

Tuesday 28 March There will be a public lecture at 6.30 in Seminar Room A/B in the Old Library on Women's writing on Cinemagoing between the wars by Dr Lisa Stead. Lisa is a Lecturer at the University of East Anglia but previously studied and taught at Exeter. Her new book based on her research in the collection, 'Off to the Pictures: Cinemagoing, Women's Writing and Movie Culture" has just been published by Edinburgh University Press.

Cover of Lisa Stead's new book

Tuesday 11 April We will holding a family fun day for children and their families with lots of making activities inspired by the collections and animation sessions too. Booking details will follow.

Saturday 29 April Exeter Phoenix's Studio 74 cinema will be hosting a special screening of Bill Douglas's masterpiece 'Comrades', the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs which uses parts of Bill's collection of artefacts, at 2pm. The screening wil be preceded by a talk by Bill's friend and fellow collector (and the film's Script Editor) Peter Jewell, in conversation with the museum's Curator.

We will also be holding public lectiures and other events and will put information on this site and our facebook page (Bill Douglas centre) and Twitter account (@bdcmuseum).

We look forward to you joining us to mark our anniversary and to explore our amazing collections. The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum has over 75,000 artefacts on the history of the moving image and is free and open every day.

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