Kent Museum of the Moving Image joins Wheels of Time in April 2022

Lent MOMI Wheels of Time badge

Kent MOMI explores the deep history of the moving image — from the days of candle-lit magic lantern performances and hand-painted slides, through Victorian visual experimentation, to the advent and the heyday of the cinema.

Kent MOMI exhibitions draw principally upon our own collections of historic material, amassed over a period of 60 years, with happy additions of rare loan materials.  The Museum also houses a 10,000-volume library, and supports research by academic and private scholars alike.

Children are also invited to take the challenge of our I-Spy tour around the museum, and can do so dressed up in cinema-themed costumes — as the Artful Dodger, Mary Poppins, a Hollywood glamour queen, or a resplendently uniformed commissionaire from the golden era of the picture palace.

Hands-on Children’s Workshops allow children to create their own versions of more complex Victorian optical toys, e.g. kaleidoscopes.  We have also mounted group visits on similar lines for local schools and home-schooled groups. 

Exhibitions include:

“Representation & Remembrance, Art & Authenticity: World War One on Film and in the Media”. Life-size models of soldiers in authentic uniform, a life-size Charlie Chaplin cut-out, the aviation section, and our mock-up of an officer’s dugout, crammed with items of entertainment and diversion, have proven especially interesting to younger visitors, as well as film clips and arresting posters.

“Passport to Ealing: The Films and Their Posters”.  Ealing Studios’ unique and colourful posters appeal to all ages – as does our loop of clips from the famous comedies and other films.  This exhibition has lots of quirky features to for children to explore – drawers to open (with some surprising contents!), books to read, even a ukelele to play!

“35,000 Years to Catch a Shadow: A Reflective Exhibition”.  This innovative exhibition re-imagines the history of cinema in light of the much, much longer history of the arts and technologies of the shadow – cave paintings, shadow puppets, silhouettes, photographs, and moving images.  Children (and grown-up children) can take over our shadow puppet theatre, spin the zoetrope, and make their own thaumatropes.

“Vinten Cameras: A Very British Story”.  Vinten were film pioneers – and are still in production.  A small but intriguing exhibition of authentic cinema “hardware”, that gives younger people a real sense of the pre-digital history of the screen experience.

We are proud to be fully wheelchair accessible, and to offer a lift, the most beautiful disabled loo in Britain, and seating in almost every room and gallery.  We have a well-priced café, a shop (with unusual items and bargains for all ages), and a sunny walled garden.

  • Opening hours
    • October-April, Friday-Sunday, and Bank Holidays, 11am-5pm
    • May-September, Friday-Sunday, and Bank Holidays, 11am-6pm
    • and by appointment.
    • Last entries: 30 minutes before closing. 
  • Cost:
    • Adults £6.00.
    • Concessions £5.00.
    • Under 16 £4.00.
    • Children under 8 free. 
    • Family ticket (2 adults plus 2 or more children) £15.00. 

41 Stanhope Road, Deal, CT14 6AD

See full screen