The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

A project by: University of Exeter

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is the leading moving image museum in the UK and home to one of the largest collections of material in Britain. We are both an accredited public museum and an academic research facility and we hold a collection of over 90,000 items. The museum has two public galleries, which are open to everyone, every day.

The museum was founded from the collection put together by renowned filmmaker Bill Douglas (pictured) and his friend Peter Jewell. As Bill and Peter wished, we are a free, public museum, open to all, as well as a resource for teaching at the University and research from all over the world. Since then the museum has attracted donations from all kinds of people, who have kindly gifted their own fascinating collections of artefacts. We also have significant archive collections from

prominent British filmmakers.

Donations to the museum

Money raised will be used to support the museum’s collections and activities. Your contributions will allow us to improve our display spaces and visitor experience and work to expand the museum’s capacity and our ambitions for the future. The generosity of our benefactors has also allowed us to buy special items to enhance the collection, to offer stipends for those who wish to research here and to support internships for students to interpret our holdings for the public. 

You can make a single or regular donation by clicking the button at the top right of this page. We are incredibly grateful for regular donations made to the museum as they provide a sustainable source of income on which we can rely, and help us to plan ahead.

If you wish to donate materials or artefacts to the museum, please email 


Should you wish to provide for the museum with a gift in your Will, please email

Thank you!