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Discover 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.

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 are proud to reveal this forgotten hero of cinema, 150 years after his birth.

Join us on selected weekends for fun family activities that will help younger visitors explore animation and moving pictures.

Curator-led tours

Date: 27 November 2019, 8 January and 5 February 2020
Time: 17.15

Join a curator-led tour of The Forgotten Showman to discover more about the beginnings of the British film industry and the work of Robert Paul. Tours last approximately 30 minutes and take place before our special cinema screenings (more information below). 

Book tickets for The Forgotten Showman gallery tour

Cinema screenings

To complement The Forgotten Showman, our ‘Breathless Sensation’ film strand highlights films which have pushed the creative boundaries to create wonder in audiences. The screenings take place on the same dates as our curator-led tours, and each film will have a short introduction.

Gallery guide

Download our gallery guide (PDF) to get the most out of your visit to The Forgotten Showman. It highlights the most amazing objects in the exhibition and includes talking points to get you thinking.

If you need this guide in a different format, please let us know at talk.nsmm@scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk.