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The Forgotten Showman

This exhibition uncovered how Robert Paul, the forgotten pioneer of cinematography, invented British cinema.

The year is 1894—a time of competition and innovation. Young engineer Robert Paul is sitting in his workshop when two businessmen arrive with the proposition of a lifetime.

In this exhibition, we invited you to discover the beginnings of a new industry, enter the magic of the music hall and witness the race for the next big thing in entertainment: cinema. In the heart of Bradford, the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, we proudly revealed the story of this forgotten hero of cinema, 150 years after his birth. 

Robert Paul and the race to invent cinema

Discover how Robert Paul earned the title ‘father of the British film industry’

Part of the Science Museum Group