Days of Wonder screening & talk: The Wonderworld of the 19th Century

Image: Muybridge & Spirit Photograph, Brighton & Hove Museums


Days of Wonder is a new heritage project dedicated to exploring the film & media heritage of Brighton & Hove. As part of it, three special screenings wil take place in Hangleton of archive films exploring experimentation and technique, with talks by Dr Frank Gray, former Director of Screen Archive South East.

Screenings will take place at Oasis Christian Fellowship Hall in Hangleton on 21 February, 5 June and 2 October 2024. Delivered in partnership with Hangleton & Knoll Project’s 50+ Film Club.

Screening information, February 2024

Date and time: 1:30-3:30pm, 21 February 2024
Venue: Small Hall, Oasis Christian Fellowship Hall, Hangleton Way, Hangleton BN3 8EQ – click here to a see a map.
Price and tickets: Free, no need to book. Places are aimed at people aged 50+ in Hangleton & Knoll.

Days of Wonder screening & talk: The Wonderworld of the 19th Century

The 19th Century was an era of wonder and spectacle. It saw the invention of three technological marvels – photography, the magic lantern and film – and the arrival of a magical world that featured phantasmagorias, dissolving views, thaumatropes, panoramas, phenakistiscopes, daguerreotypes, carte-de-visites, stereographs, spirit photography, chronophotography, phonographs and animated photographs.

These new and very modern technologies were used to explore the nature of vision, movement and time and they enabled the creation of immersive multi-media entertainments. An important centre of this new culture was Brighton & Hove. It had photographic studios along the seafront, theatres and music halls dedicated to popular spectacle and it attracted millions of visitors each year. This talk introduces this fascinating history of wonder.


Screenings are part of Days of Wonder a three-year project produced by Corridorand videoclub in partnership with Brighton & Hove Museums with support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and Screen Archive South East.