Twin brothers John and William Barnes devoted their lives to film, making many films including important documentaries in the 1930s. The brothers also developed a vast collection of film apparatus, publications, photographs and ephemera relating to the early history of film-making in Britain. Part of their collection of artefacts is now held by Hove Museum, Brighton and Hove. John Barnes also wrote extensively on pre-cinema and early cinema history and opened the Barnes Museum of Cinematography in St Ives in Cornwall in 1963. The two Cornish films: ‘Gem of the Cornish Riviera, 1936’ and ‘Cornish Nets 1938′ screening this month at Tate St Ives, form part of the collection of Barnes Brothers’ films held by our archive.
For more info: The Barnes Brothers, film screening.
And learn about the history of the Barnes Brothers and their importance to early cinema: Tate Talk: St Ives and Early Film History: The Barnes Brothers on 22nd October at 6.30pm – 8pm. This will be a discussion with Tony Grisoni, award winning scriptwriter for film and TV and Janet Axten, of St Ives Archive and local historian; and Dr Frank Gray, Director of Screen Archive South East.
This event includes BSL interpretation.
Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall ,TR26 1TG