The spools are of various sizes for 9.5mm and 16mm film. Over the years, the film has been transferred to larger spools. Most has now been transferred to magnetic tape and then to DVDs or a digital format. Around the time of the Davenport centenary celebrations in 1998 Davenports sold copies of a VHS tape ‘The Davenport Archive Film – Volume 3’ which contained much of the most interesting footage.

This was the projector used by the Davenport family to show various cine films of family members, friends and magicians. The films were mainly taken in the 1930s. It was made in Switzerland and operated on 110 volts. For use in the United Kingdom a rheostat (the variable resistor shown in the photograph) was necessary to step the mains voltage down from 240 to 110 volts. It was easy to get an electric shock off the rheostat – it would not be allowed today. The design of the projector was clever in that simply by changing some of the fittings it was possible to show both 9.5mm and 16mm film.