John Grierson the GPO Years Exhibition

04 Dec ‘15
Grierson Exhibition Image


9.00AM - 5.00PM

Venue: University Archives, University of Stirling Library

A new exhibition celebrating the career of John Grierson with the General Post Office (GPO) is now on display in the University Archives.  This exhibited was curated by University of Stirling students as part of the new Exhibition and Interpretation Design module within History and Politics  

The exhibition concentrates on one decade of Grierson's working life; his time at the GPO.  During the 1930s Grierson was employed by the GPO film unit, which was established to produce sponsored documentary films mainly related to the activities of the GPO.   During this time he produced works such as Night Train which were considered ground-breaking.

The exhibition team said "Special collections and archives hold the John Grierson archive which we as a group have had the amazing opportunity to work with and put on display to the public.  It has been over twenty years since the last Grierson exhibition and with this new exhibition it also showcases many original pieces from the archives.".

Grierson has been described as the father of documentary filmmaking. In 1929 he directed the film Drifters, a stirring account of the British herring fishing industry, which laid the foundations for documentary filmmaking in Britain. In his role as head of the film units at the Empire Marketing Board and the General Post Office in the 1930s Grierson nurtured a generation of British filmmaking talent. In 1939 he moved to Canada where he became the first head of the National Film Board of Canada and is credited with playing an important role in the development of Canada's film industry.   

For opening times for the exhibition, please check the Library's Opening Hours

For further information, please the email the Art Collection: art.collection@stir.ac.uk 


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