We’re all familiar with the idea of film directors making cameos in their work. But this practice began earlier than you might think—with some of the very first pioneers of cinema.
Toni is Associate Curator of Film at the National Science and Media Museum.
The extension of our exhibition about Robert Paul allowed us to investigate an interesting object rediscovered in the museum’s collection.
Take a trip back in time with our collection and discover some vintage Christmas advertisements for Kodak cameras.
With research showing that many of us have taken up new forms of exercise during lockdown, we’ve searched our photography collection for the best images of exercise, sport and outdoor activities.
With more and more of us taking up cycling, we’ve delved into our collection to bring you a photographic history of the bicycle.
Throughout the history of cinematography, the word ‘bioscope’ has had many meanings. In this post, our Associate Curator of Film looks at some examples from our collection and beyond.
It may not look like an item related to the history of photography and film, but this new addition to our collection provided an early way of projecting images.
Curator Toni Booth writes about her memories of the BBC series Moviedrome, fronted by film-maker Alex Cox, and looks at what makes a ‘cult film’.
You might not realise it, but early British cinema and magic are very closely linked. Magicians used the new moving pictures as part of their shows; film-makers used the popularity of magicians to create appealing films.
Curator Toni Booth digs into our archives to examine early film and television of one of Britain’s most iconic sporting events: the Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race.
Toni Booth takes a first look at the impressive archive of the master of the animation loop, Run Wrake.