As my interest in early cinema continues to grow, so too does my curiosity. For a while now I’ve wondered: What do those marvellous looking objects in glass cabinets actually do?
Visits in the last two years to the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum in Exeter, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, and to the Lumière! L’invenzione del cinematogafo exhibition in Bologna have all left me with a sense of disappointment. Sure, the apparatuses in the glass cabinets, perfectly preserved and kept on pedestals are beautiful, but weren’t they built for purpose?