The E. T. Heron Archive

Heron, Edward Thomas

This archive contains manuscripts, photographs and correspondence relating to Edward Thomas Heron, film producer and publisher.

Correspondence in this archive relates to E T Heron's time in Italy during the First World War. This includes correspondence concerning the development of propaganda films and between E. T. Heron and the Ministry of Information regarding his findings whilst staying at the Hotel Quirinal in Rome reporting on the Cinema Propaganda Campaign. There is also correspondence to the Secretary of State for India, January 1918, seeking a grant towards the cost of a film promoting Indian Silk.

This archive also contains documentation such as a copy of the British Government Cinematograph Committee blank ‘Report of Exhibition’ form with a circular expressing aims of this organization, a report on the successful showing of a film “The Tanks at the Battle of Amore” in Omaha and a list of Swiss Cinemas with seating capacities.

Personal items in the E. T. Heron Archive include a small card from Sandringham, Norfolk, notes in which E. T. Heron recalls seeing a demonstration of the first talking machine (circa 1881), and both autobiographical notes and notes about Heron late in life written by his children in 1949.

There are also a number of photographs in the archive including portraits of E. T. Heron, a large, personally signed sepia photograph of Thomas Edison inscribed ‘To E.T.Heron’ and a page of photographs of E.T. Heron and his wife. There are also three partly filled photograph albums taken in 1920s.


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Cinematography., Photography and Propaganda
Access is given in accordance with the NMeM access policy. Material from this collection is available to researchers through the museum’s Insight facility
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