What is the London Film Museum?
‘The London Film Museum is the only film museum of its kind in Great Britain, supporting the Film Industry and the talent within it. We are self supporting, reinvesting back into the museum and within the community, creating a number of local area initiatives that also form an important part of the school curriculum.’ – London Film Museum
Opening in April 2012 the London Film Museum, Covent Garden, is located where the old Covent Gardern flower cellars used to be. It houses a huge collection ranging from props and filming devices (from as early as the early twentieth century), as well as films and photographs.
Sections are devoted to different aspects of filming in london such as the London working class, the royal family and the war. There is also a section, CAPTURING THE SHADOWS, which looks at how images were captured before film as we know it existed. It looks at shadow theatre, the optical lantern, photography, and kinetic animation – these all helped establish an aspect to cinematography as the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth.
I walked past this museum a few times on my way to Covent Garden and thought nothing of it. However on Easter Monday I decided that it might be worth a visit – And it was.
The space which they have is amazing – I fell in love with it automatically. The vastness of the cellars are useful as the wall are used to show old films on and large displays of equipment and display cabinets fit in the room without consuming a large amount of space or looking as if there isn’t enough on display.
The subjects they presented are not heavy or covered at a superficial level so the information that is given is just the right amount. My favourite part was the literature section where they had the orignal props used by Jeremy Brett for his role as Sherlock Holmes for ITV Granada’s adoption of Sherlock Holmes.