The Projected Picture Trust

Welcome to the Projected Picture Trust

From the 1960s onwards, Picture Palaces were being boarded up, turned into bingo halls, split into multiscreens or razed to the ground for redevelopment. Projection equipment was being thrown into skips or sold for scrap. It was these developments that in 1978 led to the birth of the PPT by the then BFI Technical Officer, Charles Beddow. Convinced that much of Britain’s arts heritage would be lost forever, he successfully created a steering committee and the rest, as they say, is history.

Run by an eclectic mix of respected industry professionals and cinema enthusiasts, the trust boasts a world-class collection of cinema technology artefacts and a growing digital archive that will eventually become an accessible hub of knowledge for just about anyone interested in finding out more about this fascinating, if often overlooked, side of our much-loved business.

With an impressive portfolio of real-world expertise, ideas as grand as the films we screen and hard-working, enthusiastic volunteers, the PPT has the potential to become a world leader in the field of cinema technology preservation.

The PPT, has a base at Dean Clough Mills, Halifax where the majority of the equipment is stored and there are displays across the country. The PPT goes well beyond just collecting equipment. The trust has a huge range of working projection and sound systems and is able to provide the expertise to install and operate for events such as film festivals. Equipment can also be provided as props for film makers.

Sir Sydney Samuelson CBE Hon FBKS

Nigel Wolland writes:
Very sad news, our President Sir Sydney Samuelson passed away on 14 December.​ The funeral took place on Wednesday 21 December at Golder's Green Crematorium, Golder's Green. We have lost a very good friend, RIP Sir Sydney.

An interview with Sir Sydney by David Ellis can be found here.

Latest edition of Rewind

The summer edition of our Rewind magazine can be viewed/downloaded from the Member zone.

Preserving,  restoring, educating, informing, advising, supplying, displaying, exhibiting

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Opening of the PPT Enigma cinema at Bletchley Park 2002

Before moving to Dean Clough, Halifax the PPT was based at its Enigma cinema in Bletchley Park. Here we have a video of its opening in 2002 including PPT President Sir Sydney Samuelson CBE Hon FBKS cutting the 70mm film to annnounce the museum open. A feed from YouTube.

Join us

Thinking of becoming a member?

The Projected Picture Trust would love to welcome you as a new member.

As a member you would be free to participate in the activities of the trust in any way that suits your time and skills and meet others with similar interests. Or you don't actually have to do anything except have the satisfaction of knowing you are aiding the trust in its efforts to preserve the magic of cinema.

Members can participate in outings and visits, including those organised by the Cinema Theatre Association, access the Member zone on this website and have their say at the annual general meeting. They receive a copy of our magazine, Rewind, every three months and have access, via the Member zone of this website, to an archive of over ten years of Rewind.


Adult: £24 - receives one printed copy of Rewind.

Family: £27 - please note one copy of Rewind is sent to cover family membership.

E-member : £15 - receives Rewind in pdf format.

Student: £10 - receives Rewind in pdf format.

Overseas: £30 - receives one printed copy of Rewind.

Lifetime - under age of 65: £240 one-off payment Receives one printed copy of Rewind.

Lifetime - over age of 65: £150 one-off payment. Receives one printed copy of Rewind.

Paying by PayPal

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Charles Beddow II  

Executive committee


Nigel Wolland MBE FBKS (trustee)
0208 942 3159

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