August 9, 2008 - London, England - Follow-up on The Cinema Museum in London - Ronald Grant, who rents the building housing his cinema collection, hopes to buy the Lambeth Workhouse to save the museum. The museum opened in 1986 and houses 1000s of artifacts. The workhouse also is the same one Charlie Chaplin was sent to as a young boy, so the building has a historical past, as well.
"Museum director Martin Humphries said two fundraising initiatives would be launched next month, one appealing to organisations and individuals in the industry to donate funds and another asking friends of the cinema to pledge cash. However, he admitted “there are lots of ifs and buts” standing in the way of the fundraising target being met.
Mr Grant said the “ideal scenario”, if they were successful in buying the venue, would be to develop the 18,000sq ft warehouse into a bigger and better museum than currently exists.
Many of the items in his museum were acquired from his former employers in the north-east, the Donald family, who once ran a chain of cinemas." - Aberdeen Press and Journal, UK
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