Kingston Museum

Kingston Museum Kingston Museum is an accredited Museum in Kingston upon Thames, southwest London, England. Scottish American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie funded the building of the Museum which adjoins Kingston Library.

The Museum runs a lively programme of temporary exhibitions and events and welcomes all visitors free of charge. Built in 1904 the Museum features three permanent galleries. Ancient Origins details the borough's past from prehistory to Anglo Saxon times. Town of Kings charts Kingston's development as a market town from the medieval period until the 1940s.Holdings include 120 Martinware ceramics, some of which are on display. The Brill Collection comprises over 110 topographical artworks by Kingston University staff and students. This scheme to record the changing landscape of the borough was the brainchild of Reginald Brill, Head of the former Kingston School of Art, and ran from 1955 to 1971. The Friends of Kingston Museum successfully relaunched the scheme in 1997 and additions to the collection are made annually and displayed as part of a rolling programme in the Art Gallery stairwell.Other highlights on display are stained glass windows from the old Town Hall in the Market Place, a Roman altar with inscription, an Anglo Saxon skeleton and a model of Nipper, the dog featured in the 'His Master's Voice' logo.The Eadweard Muybridge Gallery is devoted to the pioneering photographer (1830-1904) who was born and died in Kingston. It shows a representative selection of material he bequeathed to the Museum, including over 2,000 glass magic lantern slides and 67 glass zoopraxiscope discs, as well as equipment used by Muybridge during public lectures he gave in the US and Europe in the 1880s and 1890s. Muybridge spent his career in America and there are a number of collections in the US which also hold significant material relating to his work.

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