The Cinema Museum

Help save The Cinema Museum

The Cinema Museum London, winner of a Time Out Love London award, is threatened with closure after South London & Maudsley NHS Trust plans to sell the historic London building to the highest bidder, a move that breaks their word that the Museum can buy the property to secure its future and that of its collections.

For 19 of The Cinema Museum’s 33 years, the charity has been based at the former Lambeth Workhouse, an historic building where Charlie Chaplin spent time with his mother and brother. As well as offering an extensive programme of screenings and outreach events, The Cinema Museum houses rare cinema memorabilia, cinema magazines, and over one million movie stills, a large proportion of which will only be permanently donated when, or now if, a permanent home for the Museum is found.

The potential eviction doesn’t just threaten the collected cinema history, it would be a blow to film students and the local community. The Cinema Museum provides essential hands on training and resources to students studying cinema or working with film, but it also offers a social and wellbeing programme for the elderly and those managing or recovering from mental illness, supporting the work of the overstretched local NHS, their landlords.

Sign the petition to help protect the home of significant cinema history and The Cinema Museum.