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Jane Mercer Memorial Lecture with Professor Vanessa

26 October 2017

The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, London, SE11 4TH

This year the Jane Mercer Memorial Lecture will be celebrating the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage and we are proud to announce that Professor Vanessa Toulmin will be giving the lecture with special participation of Silent Film Musician Stephen Horne.

Professor Vanessa’s Performing Wonders of Entertainment and Film 1895-1920, will encourage the audience to "Discover, Remember and Share” .

Prof. Vanessa will show some of her 20 favourite early films that enabled discoveries in film history - help people remember the importance of entertainment and by virtue of the archives are now being shared and discovered. With special participation of Silent Film Musician Stephen Horne to accompany the films . 

Date: Thursday 26th October 2017
Time: 6.30 for 7pm start
Address: The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, London, SE11 4TH
This is a free event for members and non-members, please book via the button above.
Ticket includes a welcome drink and a pay bar afterwards.


About Professor Vanessa Toulmin
Professor Vanessa Toulmin is Chair in Early Film and Popular Entertainment at the University of Sheffield, Founder and Research Professor at the National Fairground and Circus Archive and Director of City and Culture for the University of Sheffield.
She is the author of a range of articles, monographs on early film, Victorian culture, carnivals, variety and circus history and travelling fairs and entertainments.
Her publications include The Electric Edwardians, the Films of Mitchell and Kenyon, Pleasurelands and four monographs on Blackpool including Blackpool Tower. She has appeared in over 50 radio and television programmes co-produced Circus Comes to Town and All the Fun of the Fair for BBC4 and the award winning documentary Show of Shows a 70 minute archival documentary which premiered at Docfest in 2015 as part of BBC4 Storyville. She has worked internationally on early film and entertainment archives including curating the Crazy Cinematograph Show for Luxemburg in 2007, and delivered over 200 archival film shows in partnership with the BFI on the Mitchell & Kenyon Collection.
Her work as a producer includes Professor Vanessa’s Wondershow at the Roundhouse in London’s Circusfest in 2012, artist in resident at Duckie and acted for five years as Creative Director of Showzam’s: Blackpool’s annual festival of Circus Magic and New Variety. 

UNESCO World Day for Audio-visual Heritage
The World Day for Audio-visual Heritage has become a key initiative for both UNESCO and the Coordinating Council of Audio-visual Archives Associations (CCAAA) to honour audio-visual preservation professionals and institutions that help to safeguard this heritage for future generations despite the many technical, political, social, financial, and other factors that threaten its survival. Audio-visual archives around the world join together annually on 27 October to celebrate their work with activities and events that not only highlight the vulnerability of this heritage, but also celebrate the often unheralded work of the heritage institutions that protect it.

Stephen Horne
Stephen has long been considered one of the leading silent film accompanists. A house pianist at London’s BFI Southbank for thirty years, he has played at all the major UK venues and recorded music for many DVD releases of silent films. Although principally a pianist, he often incorporates other instruments into his performances, sometimes simultaneously.

The Cinema Museum
The Cinema Museum’s fascinating and comprehensive collection encompasses every aspect of going to the pictures, from the architecture and fittings of cinemas themselves to the ephemeral marketing materials that promoted the films of the moment.
The Cinema Museum has a fascinating programme of regular talks, film screenings, bazaars, exhibitions and live events, with presentations from key film industry experts and film historians.