Thursday, 15 January 2015

The Best Museums In #London No.3: The Cinema Museum @CinemaMuseum

We've canvassed the London Walks guides, asking them to nominate their desert island museum and we'll be posting their responses throughout the month.

As usual, you are more than welcome to join in! Get in touch via Facebook, or Twitter or via the usual email address.

Here's London Walks Guide Isobel… 

I choose the Cinema Museum at the Elephant and Castle.

Run by dedicated and knowledgeable enthusiasts, it is a quirky friendly place with a whole range of events, usually with home made cake for sale.

We pass near it on my Elephant and Castle walk, Walking the Elephant – The Regeneration Game, which is next up Sunday 22nd February at 10.45.

Here's what the Cinema Museum has to say for itself on its website:

"IF YOU LOVE CINEMA… London’s Cinema Museum is devoted to keeping alive the spirit of cinema from the days before the multiplex. Set in historic surroundings in Kennington, close to the Elephant & Castle, the Cinema Museum houses a unique collection of artefacts, memorabilia and equipment that preserves the history and grandeur of cinema from the 1890s to the present day."

Isobel adds a P.S…

Hopefully by the summer and when I do the Walworth Walk next (date tbc keep checking for updates to the summer 2016 programme) there will have been progress in displaying artefacts from the incomparable Cuming Museum which suffered a devastating fire in 2013. Described as the British Museum in miniature, this would be the perfect collection for that desert island, and thanks to the wonderful Judy Aitken, her staff and the dedicated restorers, almost all the collection has been recovered. (Keep up-to-date with the situation at The Cuming Museum HERE.

The Cinema Museum website is here:

And here's how to find the museum…

Your correspondent… 

Isobel is an artist, journalist, linguist, prize-winning Blue Badge Guide and London Walks' token aristocrat. One of her ancestors introduced the waltz to this country.

All three parts of our London Museums Podcast…


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1 comment:

  1. I'll have to come back for a visit. Don't get up the smoke very offten so like seeing photo's from the place. Nice to come across another Isobel as that is my wifes name also.