On 2nd November we held an event to celebrate 25 years of The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum being open to the public. We were delighted to welcome friends from all over the UK as well as local partners. Our Principal donor Peter Jewell gave a very enjoyable talk on the visit of the late Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to see the collection in 1995 just after it had been acquired and before it was made available to the public. We were also delighted to welcome our Patron, the filmmaker Carol Morley. Carol has a particular interest in discovering film history and explored our unpublished script holdings on Britain's most prolific Female filmmaker Muriel Box during her visit. She said after her trip here, 'I'm so glad The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum exists. Long Live Cinema!". Here's Carol with Peter Jewell in our Upper Gallery.
The celebration was also to officially launch the new book on Bill Douglas, Bill Douglas A Film Artist, published by University of Exeter Press and edited by Amelia Watts, who has recently completed her PhD on Bill Douglas's working papers, and the Museum's Curator, Phil Wickham. Here's Amelia with a copy of the book.
A paperback version of the book at a reduced price is exclusively available through the museum and can be purchased through the following link. The whole of Bill Douglas's Trilogy will be shown at Exeter Phoenix at 2pm on Saturday 26 November. You can book here.
In the speeches at the event the University's registrar Mike Shore-Nye emphasised the importance of the museum to the University, while the Chair of the Museum's board, Patrick Swaffer, talked about the continuing importance of cinema and the way in which the museum appeals to the public.
It was a wonderful occasion and we are very grateful to all our guests for their continued support. Here's to the next 25 years of showing the wonders of moving image history.
We also celebrated our anniversary by holding a competition for under 18s to produce a creative response to going to the cinema. The winner was Graci Wakeley from Exeter for her poem and the runner-up was Lydia Grout from Teignmouth for her story. Congratulations! They both win cinema tokens.
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