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The Cine Camera Which Began The National Cinematography Collection

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With 28 days to go until our 30th birthday, the countdown continues.

Robert William Paul (1869 – 1943) was an inventor, manufacturer, producer, and pioneer of British film. In 1913, he donated a number of his early cine cameras and projection equipment to the Science Museum in London, including his Cinematograph Camera No 2.

Paul's Cinematograph Camera No. 2, 1896, Robert William Paul, National Media Museum Collection

Paul’s Cinematograph Camera No. 2, 1896, Robert William Paul, National Media Museum Collection

This donation formed the beginnings of the National Cinematography Collection, which was moved from London to our collections and research centre here in Bradford in 1989-90.

The camera is mounted on what is probably the first panning head which was used by Paul to swivel the camera to follow the action when he filmed Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee procession in 1897.

Find out more about Robert W. Paul and his part in the history of cinematography on our website.

To share your memories of the Museum in the run up to our 30th birthday next month, leave a comment on this blog, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter, using the hashtag #NMeM30.

Written by Emma Thom

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