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Muybridge Week returns to Kingston

Eadweard Muybridge
Eadweard Muybridge

The famous inventor and photographer Eadweard Muybridge is set to be honoured once again in a special week-long festival held by Kingston Museum.

The life and work of Kingston-born Muybridge will be celebrated with a whole host of free and interactive events from Saturday 25 May to Sunday 1 June. This is the third year the museum is celebrating the legacy of one of the world’s pioneering photographers, whose early work in motion pictures played a vital role in the development of film and animation.

This year’s activities for all the family to enjoy include: 

  • Making your own shadow puppet and putting on a show in Shadow Play
  • An animation workshop with an expert animator, who previously worked on TV shows Peppa Pig and Footy Pups
  • Session on handling original Muybridge artefacts
  • Lecture on the legacy of Muybridge and Victorian animation with a demonstration of his iconic Zoopraxiscope - an early device showing moving images 
  • A day of Muybridge-inspired film screening from animated shorts to feature length pictures. Free popcorn will be provided.

Seoyoung Kim, curator at Kingston Museum, said:

“Muybridge Week was proudly started by Kingston Museum two years ago and we are delighted that it is back once again. 

“The Museum holds one of the largest Muybridge collections worldwide and we are pleased to share this heritage for everyone to enjoy. 

“This year, we are presenting various events which relate to film, animation and moving image projection. All events are free, so make sure you don’t miss out!

“And we will be staging even more activities celebrating Muybridge and his work in the future, so be sure to watch out for those, too.”

Born in 1830, Muybridge was a pioneer of movement and motion pictures projection and his work continues to have a wide-ranging influence on modern culture today. He died in 1904, passing his personal collection to the then newly-built Kingston Museum. The collection is one of the most important in the world, with a distinctive local and personal connection to the photographer himself.

You may need to book online in advance to attend the events. For more information about the museum visit www.kingston.gov.uk/museum