a1About The London Project
The London Project aims to map, analyse and make more widely known exactly how the new medium made its considerable impact upon the social and economic life of the city in these early years, shaping the cultural geography of London thereafter. In the past there has been research on a number of London 's boroughs, and on the history of cinema buildings , but until now there has been no integrated study looking at the city as a whole.
The first major research output of the London Project is its database of cinemas and film businesses in London, 1894-1914. The database is a work-in-progress, and both new and revised data will be added in time. Users can search across four areas:
Information for the London Project database has come from contemporary trade papers and directories, newspapers, local government records, Board of Trade files, memoirs and London borough archives. We would be keen to hear from anyone who has further information on any London cinema or film business from the 1894-1914 period listed (or not listed) here.
The research for this database was undertaken by Senior Research Fellows Simon Brown (Businesses) and Luke McKernan (Venues). The London Project is one of a number of research projects originally launched by the AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies, hosted by Birkbeck College, University of London.
For further information, contact:
Professor Ian Christie