Database documenting the remarkable collections of books, prints, artefacts and ephemera relating to the history and prehistory of cinema accrued by Bill Douglas and his friend Peter Jewell and now held in The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture at the University of Exeter. Founded in 1994, the Centre contains both a public museum and an academic research centre. At the heart of the Centre is the remarkable Bill Douglas and Peter Jewell Collection of approximately 50,000 items. Bill died in 1991,and Peter subsequently donated the Collection to the Exeter University Foundation. Since then, other donations have been made, including a generous gift by the former TV director and producer Roy Fowler of his library of cinema- and broadcasting-related books. The Centre provides a research collection of international stature, illustrating the development of optical recreation and popular entertainment from the late 18th century to Classical Hollywood and the present day. Complementing the University's existing extensive resources for the study of popular culture, the Collection's 18,000 books gives Exeter the country's largest University library on cinema. About 900 of the most important items are on display in the Centre's two galleries. The remaining thousands of books and objects are all available for study in the Research Centre.
Contact: Michelle Allen M.L.Allen AT exeter.ac.uk