Exhibition: Museum of the Everyday: Cinephilia and Collecting

This exhibition CLOSED on Fri, 27th Jan 2017

This exhibition has finished.

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Cost: Free of Charge

The exhibition showcases the intricate handmade archives, indexes and scrapbooks painstakingly recorded by filmgoers and cinema obsessives, from World War Two to the present.

A Museum of Everyday Life showcases a selection of the Cinema Museum’s extensive array of personal archives and records built by amateur film enthusiasts, largely unnoticed by visitors and researchers until now. The exhibition looks at how these fascinatingly personal, creative and intricate collections begin to form a kind of life writing or autobiography, documenting the everyday lives of cinema enthusiasts. From Vic Kinson, an amateur cinephile, who amassed an archive of over 36,000 index cards – each card intricately detailing the careers and personal lives of the film stars he saw on the silver screen; Peter Ewing, whose scrapbooks and film diaries record his cinema-going teenage years in London through the Blitz and the remainder of the Second World War; to Graham Head, who painstakingly snipped off squares of celluloid from every reel of film he projected and kept them in little brown envelopes.

Matthew Harle and Jack Wormell, curators of the exhibition said: “Through the lens of this exhibition we can begin to explore the most popular past-time of the 20th century and its connection to everyday life, through the creative passions of these individuals and their approach to recording cultural memory.”

Ian visited it - review here.

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The Peltz Gallery,

Birkbeck, School of Arts,
43 Gordon Square,

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