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Explore the technological development of motion pictures though our internationally significant cinematography collection. Discover pre-cinematic optical toys, the history of film advertising, and filmmaking technology used by both professionals and amateurs
Scene from 'The Heart of Stone', Royal Polytechnic Institution lantern slide
"Mr. Muybridge showing his instantaneous photographs of Animal Motion at the Royal Society"
25 May 1889
Magic lantern slide depcicting Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice with a Long Neck
Magic lantern slide showing scene from 'Alice's Adventures or The Queen of Hearts and the Stolen Tarts'