Come along on Saturday 25th January at either 1pm, 2pm or 3pm for a visit to the Cinema Museum.
About the Cinema Museum
The museum opened in 1986 and is a collection of everything to do with cinema-going. The collection was started by Ronald Grant (who co-runs the museum today) and it is what he has collected over the last 60 years to do with the cinema (when cinema's were independent).
The collection grew far beyond its origins as an enthusiast's treasure trove to become an extensive archive of historical and social importance, and Ronald, along with Martin Humphries established the Cinema Museum to safeguard the collections future.
The museum has posters, art deco cinema chairs, projectors, ushers' uniforms from the 1940's, tickets, ashtrays and popcorn cartons, as well as an archive boasting hundreds of books, photos and 17 million feet of film.
The museum is housed in the admin block of the old Lambeth Workhouse (built in 1873 and one of the few remaining workhouses in London), which has it's own movie links. As a 9 year old, Charlie Chaplin along with his half brother and mother spent one year living in the workhouse (after they left the workhouse, they lived in various houses around Kennington).
Before we enter, I will give a 10 minute talk on the history of the Lambeth Workhouse.
The museum is only open for group visits and we have a private talk on the collection by Ronald and Martin, we will see how a 1950's projector works and we will also be able to handle some objects of the collection. Afterwards, we will go round the museum.
We are meeting at three different time slots; 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, so please indicate which time slot when you RSVP.
Entry is £8 per person, which includes tea/biscuits (payable on the day).
Afterwards we will head to the 'Tommy Field pub' a short walk from the museum at 185 Kennington Lane for a chat over a drink.
If you can't see us outside the station, please call or text.
Look out for the group sign:
Hope to see you there!
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