Year of Muybridge

Year of Muybridge


Year of Muybridge - special year-long celebrations to mark landmark year of pioneering photographer

On the 9 April we celebrated the life and achievements of one of the borough’s most famous residents - pioneering photographer and inventor Eadweard Muybridge - by putting on a special launch day in Kingston to mark his birthday. 

Whilst we have postponed these physical birthday plans until time allows, we didn’t want the day to be missed so are instead staging some online activity. We also wanted to inform you of exciting project plans once current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) restrictions have been lifted.

To mark 190 years since the inventor’s birth, Kingston Council’s Heritage Service has programmed special activity hailing the achievements of Muybridge - widely regarded as a significant influencer of modern cinema due to his trailblazing work on motion picture movement.

The official Year of Muybridge launch day was Thursday 9 April - Muybridge’s birthday - which has started an ongoing year of celebrations, with the theme of the year being ‘movement’.

Muybridge’s Birthday Party Activities | 9 April 2020

  • Thumbs up it's Thursday (TUIT)
    On Thursday 9 April we hosted a FANTASTIC family fun craft session for you created with Tim Wheatley, one of the animators of Peppa Pig! You can find this on our YouTube channel and the Kingston Heritage Facebook page.
    TUIT is organised by Kingston First every Thursday of the school holidays. It's usually a range of fun activities for families from face painting and craft sessions which happen in the town centre. For the Easter Holiday Kingston Museum will be hosting our TUIT sessions online.

  • Muy-Art, 5-25 year old creative competition
    Our very own Kingston’s Youth Collective are working with Creative Youth’s  International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) to host a creative competition in response to Muybridge’s work. Winners will be displayed as part of Kingston Museum’s Muybridge Co-Curate exhibition later in the year and as part of IYAF 2021. Read more about this on page 3.

  • Behind the scenes film - Kingston Museum’s Muybridge Scrapbook
    The Kingston Youth Collective, had also been working behind the scenes at Kingston Museum to create a film with local film company TOGADA.
    They selected three objects from Kingston Museum’s collection they wanted to explore in more detail and tell you the story behind each object.
    The first of these films to be launched is about a unique object that’s very delicate so not seen very often… Muybridge’s personal scrapbook. This has now been launched on our YouTube channel, the Kingston Heritage Facebook and Instagram pages.This project was sponsored by the Museum of London’s Development Fund and Arts Council England.

  • Just another Muybridge Monday - #MuybridgeMonday
    Every Monday for a year Kingston Heritage Service will be posting you Muybridge facts, quotes and images on our social media channels. You can join in by sharing, asking questions, posting your own Muybridge inspired creations and joining in with Muy-Opinion. Please tag us @RBKheritage on Twitter and Instagram, using #MuybridgeInKingston.

  • #MuybridgeInKingston #MuseumFromHome
    Interested in seeing some of Kingston Museum’s Muybridge collection? Last year we worked on a project with Google Arts and Culture. Do check out two of our Muybridge stories on our Google Arts&Culture page.

  • Stanley Picker Gallery
    While the Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University is closed to the public, we are sending out weekly newsletters together with our partner venue Dorich House Museum, highlighting previous projects, collection objects and an activity suggestion to keep you inspired and creative at home. Take part on social media: @stanleypicker on Instagram, or @pickergallery on Twitter.

  • Stay tuned for further Muybridge activity later in the year!

Further details about A Year of Muybridge

Year of Muybridge is a year long programme of activities to celebrate the 190th birthday of pioneering photographer and inventor Eadweard Muybridge. Year of Muybridge is supported by Kingston Council, Friends of Kingston Museum and Kingston University.

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) the planned programme has changed somewhat but activity will still be taking place online, and when time allows across Kingston Museum, Kingston University and Kingston Town Centre.

Muybridge left the collection to Kingston Museum when he died in 1904. This is considered to be one of the most important Muybridge collections in the world, due to a distinctive local and personal connection to the photographer himself. Kingston Museum is currently closed but when back open our Muybridge display will be open to view all year round. 

Kingston Museum's stored (not currently on display) Muybridge collection will be moving from out of borough storage to Kingston University’s new Town House building. This partnership will make it easier to facilitate access to Kingston Museum's stored Muybridge collection. This work follows on from the council and the university, signing a memorandum of understanding in October 2019.

An inspiring programme of activities will be taking place, including a community led exhibition at Kington Museum and a new Muybridge display at Town House as well as the creation of engaging activities, enabling audiences of all ages to enjoy and learn more about the work of Eadweard Muybridge.

Information on Project Funding Partners

Kingston Council’s Heritage Service

Kingston Heritage Service is part of Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames Council, operating two sites Kingston Museum and Kingston History Centre as well as borough wide partnership projects. Kingston Heritage Service aims to engage residents across the borough in activity focussed on local heritage, past and present.

Friends of Kingston Museum & Heritage Service

The Friends are a Registered Charity providing support to Kingston Heritage Service. The Friends fundraise for the Heritage Service to be able to run special partnership projects together. This year's project includes Year of Muybridge and a digital project to digitise our street directories. Previous Muybridge projects include the huge success of getting a plaque installed to mark Muybridge's birthplace (now Barkman Computers). Others include the continuing support for the Council’s Brill Collection, which the Friends revived in 1997, and Les Kirking Capture Kingston photography competition and display.

Kingston University

Kingston University is passionate about enhancing students' life chances by helping them make the most of their learning opportunity and equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed in the 21st Century's demanding workplace.

For further information please contact Kingston Museum via [email protected] or call 0208 547 6440.