Vintage cinema exhibits and mystery Medieval ring go on show at Walsall Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 16 January 2013
A photo of a dark brown Medieval curved ring against a white background
A 12th century ring on public display is a charming link to Walsall's Medieval past© Walsall Museums Service

Exhibition preview: Memories of Film and Cinema, Walsall Museum, Walsall, until February 2 2013

Fuelled by Saturday afternoon trips to the cinema as a nipper, Broxwich chap Ian Edwards has collected around 40 vintage cinema machines dating back to the early 20th century, ranging from a cinefilm projector to film reels in full working order.

A photo of a vintage piece of cinema equipment in a case next to an old film poster
Vintage projecting equipment forms the main display© Courtesy Ian Edwards
Vintage film projectors, a magic lantern, fliers and promotional posters extolling bygone cinema, TV and theatre appear in here. Pride of place, though, goes to a pair of seats rescued from Walsall’s ABC Cinema in 1995, procured from row G – a hallowed chosen vantage point for film directors and the position Edwards and his wife would take on their weekly pilgrimage to the big screen.

A fellow new exhibit goes even further back. A mystery silver finger-ring was detected by local metal detectorists Craig and Bettina Porter on farmland between Walsall and Aldridge.

Crosses and punches can be made out in the distorted crags and nicks of the 12th century work, which was acquired by the museum following careful inspection at the British Museum.

  • Open 10am-5pm (4pm Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday). Admission free. Follow the museum on Twitter @walsallmuseum. If you have something you’d like to put on display within Wallsall Museum, email, museum@walsall.gov.uk 01922 653116.
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