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Toni is Associate Curator of Film at the National Science and Media Museum.

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.

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.

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.