This museum was created by the staff of the London Film Institute, David Francis and Leslie Hardcastle back in 1988, but due to funding difficulties, it stopped working in 1999, even despite its popularity.
This caused strong dissatisfaction of the London public, and after a long 9 years the museum was revived in 2 branches - in South Bank and Covent Garden, under the new name - "Museum of cinema».
Covent Garden Branch
Branches are somewhat different in theme - Covent Garden basically presents all the technological aspects of the development of cinematography. Here, and the Chinese theater of shadows, and a light lamp, and technology for producing mechanical animation. According to the old, starting from 1890, photos, movie cameras and film projectors, you can trace the entire history of the development of both British and world cinematographyup to modern computer technology. Details of the first studios, such as Shepperton, Pinewood and Elstree, are also exhibited here, as well as the history of their formation.
South Bank Branch
The South Bank branch is already dedicated to everything related to creativity in the cinema. Here are the works of all modern film studios costumes of famous characters, sets for popular films. Separate expositions are devoted to mythical characters and cartoon characters. For example, here you can visit the Simpsons family and even sit next to them on the couch.
The work of the great Charlie Chaplin in the museum is given special attention. Here is the exposition of his entire biography, from poor childhood and first roles to universal recognition and fame, all his scripts, films, newspaper articles, many photographs and, of course, the famous Chaplin Bowler.
In general, a trip to the expositions of the Museum of Cinema in London gives not only aesthetic pleasure, but also allows you to better understand the history of cinematography and the history of the formation of all modern Western culture.