The London Project

Over 2004-2005 I worked (with Simon Brown) as Senior Research Fellow at the AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies, based at Birkbeck, University of London, on a project investigating the nature of the film business in London 1894-1914, led by Professor Ian Christie. Simon studied the producers, distributors and ancillary businesses, while I took on exhibition and audiences. As part of this project I collected a large number of written testimonies from published and unpublished sources on the experience of going to the cinema in London before the First World War. The research inspired this website, and many of the documents I discovered are reproduced here.

These are published outcomes of the London Project:

Other project outputs have included the touring exhibition Moving Pictures Come to London: The First Decades, 1894-1914, blue plaques commemorating early film businesses in London’s Cecil Court (‘Flicker Alley’), and a show with music and performers based on my essay ‘Only the Screen was Silent’. See also the London Screen History section of Ian Christie’s website.