The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum encourages the ongoing enjoyment, understanding and study of film

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum opened in 1997 as part of the British celebrations of the centenary of cinema. The Centre's remit is to encourage the ongoing enjoyment, understanding and study of film. The Centre provides a research collection of international stature, illustrating the development of optical recreation and popular entertainment from the late 18th century to Classical Hollywood and the present day.

Complementing the University's existing extensive resources for the study of popular culture, the Collection's 18,000 books give Exeter the country's largest University library on cinema. They are a permanent, uniquely valuable resource for postgraduate students and researchers, and also contribute to the remarkably varied undergraduate degree programmes at Exeter. Explore the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum collections.

Students put film museum on screen

A group of student filmmakers have made a 10-minute documentary about the work of the University of Exeter’s museum, The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.

MA Film Studies’ students Hannah Brown, Laz Carter, and Joe Hickinbottom were commissioned to make the documentary, undertaking the project as part of the ‘Elephant Pictures’ company. Read more



Exeter is a fantastic learning environment; the Film Studies  staff are hugely enthusiastic about what they teach, and have given me great academic support. The University also has wealth of outstanding facilities. The Bill Douglas Centre on the Streatham Campus is an incomparable resource; its displays truly convey the magic of the moving image, and the ability to engage with artefacts from film history has brought a whole new dimension to my learning experience.
Jade Canciellere, 3rd Year Film Studies student