Harwich Town Council

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9.30am – 1pm Monday, Wednesday & Friday

William Friese-Greene and the birth of Cinema

A series of forthcoming Heritage events commemorating the life, works and legacy of former Harwich resident William Friese-Greene is being launched in Harwich. Friese-Greene was a talented photographer and inventor. Born in 1855, he is principally known as a pioneer in the field of motion pictures.

The events are presented through a unique partnership between the Electric Palace, The Harwich Festival, the National Media and Science Museum (Bradford) and are supported by the Harwich Society. They will take place between 1st – 22nd September.

There will be a free exhibition hosted at the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre, a talk by Peter Domankiewicz, researcher of William Friese-Greene’s life and work, a guided tour of Victorian Dovercourt led by local historian David Whittle and a family friendly drop in day of free activities where visitors  will have the opportunity to try out a variety of simple techniques to create the effect of a moving image and make their own flip book to take away with them.

For more information please see the attached Press Release where you will also find contact details for further comments, images or interview requests.

The events are Funded as a legacy project of the Essex 2020 ‘A Year of Science and Creativity’ celebration. Essex 2020 | A celebration of the past, present and future of Essex