- Saturday 21 May 10am-3pm, Tuesday 24 May 1pm-5pm
- Wednesday 25 May 1pm-5pm, Thursday 26 May 10am-5pm
- Friday 27 May 1pm-5pm, Saturday 28 May 10am-4pm
- Tues 31 May 10am-5pm
- Weds 1 June 10am-5pm
- Private View: 21 May 15.00 - 17.00
Special Exhibition: Before Hollywood – Robert Paul’s Invention of Cinema
Robert Paul was already a player in the electrical revolution when he became Britain’s film pioneer ‘by chance’ in 1894. Over the next fifteen years he would demonstrate the potential of ‘animated photography’ in almost every genre that we know today, from scenes of everyday life to trick effects, and elaborate storytelling. Discover the range of his still under-appreciated achievement in this exhibition, with accompanying video and free copies of the graphic novel, Time Traveller.
The exhibition is the work of Professor Ian Christie. Ian Christie is Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and the author of many books about cinema, including Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema (Chicago, 2019).
Professor Christie will give two talks during the exhibition.
Wednesday 25 May 15.00-17.00
Please see our Science Talk listing here to book
Ian Christie introduces us to Paul’s technical innovations in electrical science with a hands-on talk and demonstration.
Friday 27 May 15.00-17.00
Please book to reserve a place
Illustrated Talk: Robert Paul and the World Viewed from Muswell Hill
With less than a tenth of Paul’s studio output surviving, it’s hard to grasp the huge range of subjects his films covered. Here, with the aid of Paul’s illustrated catalogues, Ian Christie will survey some of what’s currently lost – including High Diving at Highgate from 1903.
£5 HLSI Members