Celebrating Kingston’s cinematic heritage - pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge archive to open to public

A picture of Kingston Museum Curator Seoyoung Kim on the left and image of Muybridge horse galloping sequence on the right.
Muybridge Archive Collection private view in three items.

Exclusive public viewings of Kingston Museum's Muybridge archive collection on 9 and 12 May.

Kingston Museum’s world renowned collection of work by pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge is set to open to the public for a handful of exclusive viewing sessions. 

Eadweard Muybridge, the famous Kingstonian, is known for his trailblazing work in photography and the study of movement during the later part of the 19th century. This work is widely recognised as the origins of the ‘moving image’ and cinematography today. 

Kingston Museum is the owner of the extensive Muybridge collection. Thanks to an ongoing partnership between the Royal Borough of Kingston and Kingston University, the collection has recently returned to the town to a new home in the archive of Kingston University’s award-winning Town House building. 

There are a limited number of free tickets available for just three sessions at Kingston University’s Town House building on Tuesday 9 May and Friday 12 May. 

The viewings will be hosted by Kingston Museum’s Curator Seoyoung Kim. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite at the following links:

2pm, Tue 9 May
11am, Fri 12 May
2pm, Fri 12 May

In March, Kingston University held the first Muybridge international conference, in partnership with Kingston Museum and the Stanley Picker Gallery, playing host to eminent Muybridge scholars and specialists from around the world. 

The complete collection, donated to Kingston Museum, is now permanently stored in the archive at the university’s Town House, primarily for academic study, which makes these public viewings an extremely rare opportunity. 

Watch a short video previewing 3 items from the collection on Kingston Council’s YouTube channel. 

Published: 4th May 2023