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Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema

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Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema is the latest addition to our tremendously popular Victorian Popular Culture portal. It has a broad appeal for all those interested in the history of leisure and entertainment, film and the study of popular media.

It is fully integrated and cross-searchable with all other sections of Victorian Popular Culture, offering opportunities for comparative work on Victorian and Edwardian entertainment in all its rich variety.

Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema provides thorough coverage of Victorian and Edwardian visual entertainments, early optics, magic lantern shows, panoramas, dioramas, early photography, and early motion pictures. Objects, ephemera, books and journals allow a broad range of approaches to teaching and research.

The source material is drawn from the outstanding collections of the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture. Based at the University of Exeter, the Centre is recognised as a world-class archival collection, and the UK’s largest research centre for the history of international cinema and pre-cinema.

Part of the Victorian Popular Culture Portal – for more details on the contents of the portal, click here.