Roundhay Garden Scene: the oldest surviving motion picture

1888 - Roundhay Garden Scene

In 1888, French inventor Louis Le Prince used his patented single lens camera to capture the movements of a group of people at Oakwood Grange in Roundhay, UK. This motion picture was the first of its kind and he called “Roundhay Garden Scene”. It is also believed to be the oldest surviving film in history.

The film is only 3 seconds long and shows his son Adolphe, Joseph Whitley and Sarah Whitley whom he was staying with, and a friend called Annie Hartley walking around the garden of Oakwood Grange. Sadly, Sarah Whitley died 10 days after the film was made.

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