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Muybridge Week: Celebrate the Kingston-born father of cinema

Muybridge slide horse and jockey gallop

Join us as we celebrate Kingston’s very first Muybridge Week, honouring the life and work of photography pioneer and inventor Eadweard Muybridge, from 14 to 18 November.

Muybridge created the world’s first spinning picture disk, allowing him to prove that a galloping horse lifts all four hooves off the ground at once, which is considered one of the most influential images of all time and the start of motion picture.

Generations of artists and photographers have been inspired by Muybridge’s work, with Harvard University recently using his research to explore how DNA can store information, proving his relevance, from Victorian times to the present day.

Cllr Andy Johnson-Creek, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Heritage, Arts and Leisure at Kingston Council, said: 

“Muybridge’s work is internationally renowned and I’m delighted that we’re officially launching the first ever Muybridge Week! Come along, support our fantastic Museum and find out more about Eadweard Muybridge, Kingston resident and the pioneer of motion-picture.”

Muybridge Week events

  • Short film on Eadweard Muybridge 
    Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 November
    Free, no booking required. 
    Drop in and watch a short film called ‘The Muybridge Gallery’, produced by Markus Schneider.
  • Talk by Professor Barber on Muybridge’s scrapbook
    Thursday 16 November, 6pm to 7pm.
    Free, no booking required. 
    Join us as Professor Stephen Barber from Kingston University explores Muybridge’s own collection of newspaper cuttings. There will also be the opportunity to handle a physical copy of Muybridge’s scrapbook.
  • Paper theatre performance - ‘Hovering Horse’
    Saturday 18 November, performances from 11am to 12noon and 2pm to 3pm. 
    Free, no booking required.
    Kids and big kids alike are invited to come along and watch a special paper theatre performance about the life and work of Muybridge. Presented by Martin Haase Paper Theatre, who are travelling from Germany to Kingston to perform.
  • Old and new photographic equipment: handling session
    Saturday 18 November, 12noon to 2pm
    Free, no booking required. 
    Drop in, explore and handle old and new photographic equipment.
  • Stage reading of ‘Helios’, a play script of Muybridge’s life 
    Saturday 18 November, 3pm to 4pm.
    Free, no booking required. 
    Come and enjoy stage reading of 'Helios', a new play script about Muybridge's dramatic life. Not suitable for young children.

All events are hosted at Kingston Museum.

For more information on the Museum, or Eadweard Muybridge, visit www.kingston.gov.uk/museum.