Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) in Deal, Kent


A new museum has opened in Deal in Kent after five years of planning and hard work, thanks to the remarkable enthusiasm, drive and determination of David Francis and Joss Marsh. David was the founder of the London MOMI, based on the South Bank,  which though very successful, sadly closed its doors many years ago. Many countries have museums dedicated to pre-cinema and cinema history. Now, the UK does too.

Joss says ….. “We are opening the doors for a three-week, special opening period, 15th-31st December, Friday to Sunday, 12 noon to 7 pm and our formal opening will be 30th March 2018.

Adult entry is £5.50; concessions £4.00.  Everyone who buys a ticket can come again as often as they like, for a full calendar year.  Those who come during our special three weeks have right of free re-entry until 31st December 31st and may have mince pies and other small refreshments inflicted upon them.  

The Museum opens with four exhibitions.  On the ground floor, ‘35,000 Years to Catch a Shadow: A Reflective Exhibition’ challenges visitors to explore the Phenomenon, Arts, and Technologies of the Shadow. Three exhibitions unfold in the Museum’s large upstairs galleries. One comes to Kent-MOMI courtesy of the Vinten family, a major British producer of cinema and television cameras. Another tells the story of ‘The Royal Polytechnic Institution and Multi-Media Victorian London’. The Museum’s fourth exhibition expands over three galleries and spills over into corridors and the Museum’s Viewing Room: ‘Passport to Ealing: The Films and their Posters, 1938-1958’, a major retrospective of a unique moment in cinema history, when great British films and great poster art converged.”

passport to Ealing POSTER 8 Nov 17

Kent MOMI is located at 41 Stanhope Road, Deal, CT14 6AD.  For more information and updates on the Museum’s progress, go to:

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4 thoughts on “Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) in Deal, Kent

  1. I visited the MOMI museum in London some 17 years ago and was genuinely upset when it closed. I loved following the ‘yellow brick road’ and seeing memorabilia of the ‘Wizard of Oz’. I was wondering if MOMI in Deal will have something dedicated towards that all time classic, in other words, will I be able to ‘follow the yellow brick road’ again?


  2. Well, knowing the people behind the new museum and their amazing knowledge of the subject and the size and scope of their collection, it wouldn’t surprise me if this is an exhibition for the future. Why not contact them direct via their facebook page and suggest it!


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