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Streets of History exhibition returns to Kingston upon Thames to celebrate the life and works of Eadweard Muybridge

Exhibition slides in Clarence Street

This spring, visitors to Kingston Town Centre will discover an exhibition on the life and works of influential photographer and inventor, Eadweard Muybridge, who was born and raised in Kingston.

Eadweard Muybridge is most famous for photographing a horse in motion, which proved that horses take all four feet off the ground at one point as they gallop. This was the first time a photographer had captured such fast motion in real time. To prove these photos were real, he then went on to invent the ‘Zoopraxiscope’, one of the world's first devices that could project a moving image.

The exhibition, compiled by Kingston Museum in collaboration with Kingston First, is the second in the series of Streets of History, following on from the WWI commemoration piece last year. The exhibition continues to celebrate the rich history of Kingston upon Thames for local residents and visitors alike. 

Streets of History is free to visit and located on Clarence Street until early June. The exhibition has been delivered ahead of Muybridge Festival; taking place from Saturday 25th May to Saturday 1st June. The week-long festival celebrates the famous Kingstonian through a series of workshops and exciting events at Kingston Museum; all events are free to attend, but some events may require advance booking.

Kelly Bliss, Head of Marketing & Communications at Kingston First, commented:

"We’re delighted to have worked with Kingston Museum to highlight our town’s heritage and culture through the Streets of History series. We have a fascinating history to be proud of here in Kingston and we’re thrilled to be able to showcase this in the town centre.”

Seoyoung Kim, curator at Kingston Museum, commented: 

“Thanks to Kingston First's continuous heritage-focused initiative, Kingston Museum is pleased to present Muybridge's interesting life and amazing achievements to the residents of the borough and visitors. We are particularly excited about the opportunity to reclaim Muybridge as Kingston's famous son through these accessible street panel displays.”

For further information on the exhibition, or to book tickets to the Muybridge Festival, please visit: https://www.inkingston.co.uk/muybridge