Kingston Museum, Kingston, Surrey KT1 2PS

Home to a large collection of Eadweard Muybridge works, who was a pioneering moving image photographer born in Kingston in 1830.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2010

Kingston Museum

Wheatfield Way, Kingston, Surrey KT1 2PS: 0208 547 6460Opening times: 10am-5pm, except Wednesday and SundayCurator: Peta Cook

What is the museum best-known for?Eadweard Muybridge was a pioneering moving image photographer born in Kingston in 1830. When he died in 1904, he bequeathed his equipment and prints to the museum, leaving a valuable cultural legacy to his hometown. Muybridge in Kingston is a collaborative research and development partnership between Kingston University and the Royal Borough of Kingston investigating the museum's collection. This year, Tate Britain is staging the first major UK retrospective of Muybridge's work and to mark this occasion Muybridge in Kingston is staging a unique exhibition of rare material not featured in the Tate show. Find out more at

Tell us your favourite local history story…In 1761, at six years old, Cesar Picton was brought over from Senegal in Africa and presented to Sir John Philipps of Norbiton Place in Kingston. He lived as a servant but was also educated by the family. On the death of Lady Philipps, Cesar received �100 in her will. By 1795, he was a wealthy businessman and his first property, Picton House, can still be seen today on the High Street.

Which is your favourite item in the collection?Thomas Abbott (1852-1935) became an expert in the repair and restoration of china. To demonstrate his skill, he broke a large jug into 289 fragments and restored it, using 613 rivets. For Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee, he made a ‘crazy patchwork vase’ and held a competition to guess the number of pieces. The right answer is 1,540!

...and the strangest? The zoopraxiscope, which projected sequences of images from glass discs and was devised in order to prove the authenticity of Muybridge’s galloping horse pictures.

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