Movie museum opens doors

Movieum showcases British film memorabilia.

by Ben Sillis

A new museum of British film has opened its door to tourists in London this week. The Movieum, in County Hall on the bank of the Thames, pulls together sets, costumes, props and equipment from world famous movies such as Star Wars, Batman and Elizabeth.

The display takes visitors along the red carpet through the history of British film, from its humble beginnings to the glory days of J Arthur Rank and Alexander Korda up to the present day. Alongside this is movie memorabilia from hundreds of films, including Darth Vader's original costume and the giant props from The Borrower, plus film stills, behind-the-scenes interviews and installations of many firm favourites.

A central hall takes visitors step by step through the film making process, from script writing all the way through to post-production.

Also on display is a history of British animation through the decades, moving from Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit, to Dangermouse and Mr Benn and all the way to current kid's favourite Peppa Pig.

The exhibition is the first family attraction celebrating film in the capital since MOMI (The Museum of Moving Image) on the Southbank was closed, in 1999.

The exhibition was set up by special effects director Bob Keen.

The Movieum of London, County Hall, Riverside Building, London SE1 7PB. Telephone: 020 7202 7040. Open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm. Adults £8, children £5, concessions £5. For further details visit the official website

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