News and Updates: 1996 News
Leeson Collection - December
The Jack Leeson Collection consists of approximately 5000 photographs, both collected by him and taken by him. Also included are Jack's famous fairground models, and complete sets of the Fairground Mercury, the Merry-Go-Round, and The Key Frame.
Article in the World's
Fair - November 1996
The NFA gets a glowing reference in Simon Reed's article 'The Net: Forget the Hype and Give It a Shot', World's Fair November 8, 1996.
Comes Home to Sheffield - November 1996
A travelling exhibition depicting early cinema on the fairground on public display in the University of Sheffield's Main Library Gallery from 4 - 29 November 1996.
The exhibition has been put together by Vanessa Toulmin, Associate Director of the University of Sheffield's National Fairground Archive, on behalf of the Museum of the Moving Image in London - where it has recently been on display.
Based on a collection of rare photographs from the Archive, the exhibition celebrates a hidden area of cinema history. It shows the first moving pictures screened in the fairground bioscopes, and the fairground show people who presented them 100 years ago.
The Gallery is situated in the Main Library, adjoining the Arts Tower, Western Bank. Opening times are: Monday to Thursday, 9.00am - 9.30pm; Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm; and Saturday 9.00am - 1.00pm. Admission to the exhibition is free.
There will be an official opening of the exhibition on Monday 4 November 1996 from 6.00 - 8.00pm. Members of the press are invited to attend.
The evening will also mark the launch of a new publication, which provides a fascinating and entertaining glimpse into the cinema's formative years. In the Kingdom of the Shadows: A Companion to Early Cinema is written by Colin Harding (Kodak Curator at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television) and Simon Popple (lecturer in the History of Film and Visual Media at the Manchester Metropolitan University). Vanessa Toulmin, Associate Director of the University of Sheffield's National Fairground Archive, has also contributed two chapters on fairground bioscope shows. The book is published by Cygnus Arts, a division of Golden Cockerel Press.
'In the Kingdom of Shadows'
- November 1996
'In the Kingdom of Shadows: a Companion to Early Cinema' is a new publication by Colin Harding and Simon Popple, charting the history of early cinema in Britain. Vanessa Toulmin, Stephen Bottomore and Richard Brown have all contributed to this volume.