The Kingston-born photography pioneer Eadweard Muybridge is being honoured in the borough’s first-ever Muybridge Week.

Running from Tuesday, November 14 to Saturday, November 18, Kingston Museum is holding five events for people to learn more about the “father of cinema”.

Councillor Andy Johnson-Creek, cabinet member with responsibility for Heritage, Arts and Leisure, said: “Muybridge’s work is internationally renowned, and I’m delighted that we’re officially launching the first ever Muybridge Week! Come along, support our fantastic Museum and find out more about Eadweard Muybridge, Kingston resident and the pioneer of motion-picture.”

Short film on Eadweard Muybridge

Tuesday, November 14 to Saturday, November 18

Free, no booking required

Drop in and watch a short film called ‘The Muybridge Gallery’, produced by Markus Schneider.

Talk by Professor Barber on Muybridge’s scrapbook

Thursday, November 16, 6pm to 7pm

Free, no booking required

Professor Stephen Barber from Kingston University explores Muybridge’s own collection of newspaper cuttings. There will also be the opportunity to handle a physical copy of Muybridge’s scrapbook.

Paper theatre performance - "Hovering Horse"

Saturday, November 18: performances from 11am to 12noon and 2pm to 3pm

Free, no booking required

Kids and big kids alike are invited to come along and watch a special paper theatre performance about the life and work of Muybridge. Presented by Martin Haase Paper Theatre, which is travelling from Germany to Kingston to perform.

Old and new photographic equipment: handling session

Saturday, November 18: 12noon to 2pm

Free, no booking required

Drop in, explore and handle old and new photographic equipment.

Stage reading of "Helios", a play script of Muybridge’s life

Saturday, November 18: 3pm to 4pm

Free, no booking required

A stage reading of 'Helios', a new play script about Muybridge's dramatic life. Not suitable for young children.

Muybridge created the world’s first spinning picture disk, allowing him to prove that a galloping horse lifts all four hooves off the ground at once, which is considered one of the most influential images of all time and the start of motion picture.

Generations of artists and photographers have been inspired by Muybridge’s work, with Harvard University recently using his research to explore how DNA can store information, proving his relevance from Victorian times to the present day.