Object Stories: The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum’s new YouTube Channel 

The University of Exeter’s Bill Douglas Cinema Museum has launched its YouTube Channel with four short films made using the Museum’s collections.


Under the umbrella title of “Object Stories”, Academics in Film Studies at The University of Exeter talk about how they use artefacts in The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum for their research.


The films were made by student filmmaker Mini Warren and were funded by the University’s Research and Knowledge Transfer department to share the scholarship undertaken at the University with the wider world.


The museum is of course a unique resource to Exeter, is free and open to the public, and its holdings demonstrate the importance of moving image culture on society. – See more at: http://www.bdcmuseum.org.uk/news/bdc-museum-on-youtube-object-stories/#sthash.I6IbzBkD.dpuf


Below is an example of one of the new YouTube films. It features Dr Joe Kember discussing the museum’s extensive magic lantern collection, particularly the slides and lectures produced by campaigning and religious groups such as the temperance movement. Dr Kember has recently won an award as part of a European consortium to the JPI Heritage scheme with a project called ‘A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slide Heritage as Artefacts in the Common European History of Learning.’ He is also co-authoring a book on popular entertainment in the South West in 2017 entitled Picture Going: Visual and Optical Shows 1820-1914.

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