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The cine camera that began our cinematography collection

The cine camera which formed the beginnings of our cinematography collection sits right here in Bradford, the first UNESCO City of Film. Fitting, don't you think?

With 28 days to go until our 30th birthday, the countdown continues.

Robert William Paul (1869–1943) was an inventor, manufacturer, producer, and pioneer of British film. In 1913, he donated a number of his early cine cameras and projection equipment to the Science Museum, including his Cinematograph Camera No 2.

Paul's Cinematograph Camera No. 2, 1896, Robert William Paul, National Media Museum Collection
Paul’s Cinematograph Camera No. 2, 1896, Robert William Paul, Science Museum Group collection.

This donation formed the beginnings of our cinematography collection.

The camera is mounted on what is probably the first panning head which was used by Paul to swivel the camera to follow the action when he filmed Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee procession in 1897.

Find out more about Robert W. Paul and his part in the history of cinematography.

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One comment on “The cine camera that began our cinematography collection

  1. hello, would anyone be interested in a rather large collection of cinematraphy equipment, plus other relevant artifacts, if so, please contact B Kline – thank you – this is a bit urgent.

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