My Charlie Chaplin detour!

Chaplin statue and ephemera at the London Film Museum

After a nice and relaxing ‘Onda holiday’, I paid a visit to the London Film Museum this week to see the exhibition Charlie Chaplin: The Great Londoner. A thoroughly nice man, standing on a red carpet, welcomed me and thought I was a student. It must have been my fresh faced enthusiasm!  The exhibition was fairly comprehensive and covered Chaplin’s early life in London, career, later life and fame. It was a bit image heavy and reminded me of the Chaplin – My Life in Pictures biography, but it was very enjoyable and had some very good exhibits, including films. The famous hat and cane were on display (from the BFi collection) and there was a fabulous case of weird and wacky objects inspired by Chaplin’s world famous image.

Chaplin object case at the London Film Museum

Further information on the exhibition is on the LFM website

After visiting the exhibition I now want know more about Chaplin’s visits to London in 1921 and 1931. Did Onda and Chaplin ever meet again? The Onda quest continues ….


“WELCOME HOME CHARLIE” – sound version – British Pathe.

About Emma Heslewood

I am a historian and museum curator with broad interests including early topical films, social and industrial history, numismatics, archaeology and WW1. I am an expert on the life and work of the Victorian acrobat and topical film maker - Will Onda.
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